Fox Searchlight has acquired a high-concept comedy pitch from director Joe Swanberg, who has “Drinking Buddies” hitting theaters this weekend.
The logline is currently being kept secret but, per Deadline, it will be a continuation of Swanberg’s career-long interest in looking at the nature of relationships and the difficulty of commitment. Shawn Levy (“The Spectacular Now”) and his 21 Laps banner will produce, along with “Drinking Buddies” producer Alicia Van Couvering.
In a recent TOH! interview, Swanberg expressed his interest in moving back and forth between “bigger films” and smaller, more intimate productions, with an eye to finding a commercial audience. In the indie universe, many filmmakers are toiling away without much hope of making a permanent living. Being able to find this balance, like catching the attention of Fox Searchlight, is a way to keep one’s indie cred while also making some money.