Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment is getting its Sundance dealmaking on by picking up the North American distribution rights to James Schamus’ 1950s period drama "Idignation," starring Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Ben Rosenfield and Linda Emond. The movie, which premiered to favorable reviews yesterday in Park City, was acquired in a deal estimated around the $2.5 million mark.
Based on the 2008 Philip Roth novel, "Indignation" stars Lerman as a young Jewish student in the 1950s who moves from New Jersey to Ohio for college. While there, the student faces anti-Semitism, sexual repression and the ongoing conflicts of the Korean War. Gadon plays a charming and troubled young woman the boy meets at school, while Letts tackles the towering role of the instructive college dean. The film’s period setting and coming-of-age romance and obstacles have many pegging the film as the "Brooklyn" of Sundance 2016, though "Indignation" carries a far more tragic tone than last year’s breakout young romance.
The film marks the directorial debut for Schamus, the high-profile screenwriter and producer of a handful of Ang Lee’s most beloved features, including "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Brokeback Mountain." The deal was first reported by Deadline.