Amazon Studios has acquired the U.S. rights to the dramedy “Landline,” which premiered last Friday in the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S Dramatic Competition. The price fell somewhere in the mid-seven-figure, according to a source. The film focuses on two sisters in ’90s New York who discover their father’s affair at a time when cell phones don’t yet exist.
Writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s follow-up to 2014’s “Obvious Child,” the film is another starring vehicle for Jenny Slate, and has a strong cast in John Turturo, Edie Falco and indie film multi-hyphenate Jay Duplass. Newcomer Abby Quinn also has a breakout role in the movie. Robespierre wrote the script with “Landline” producer Elisabeth Holm.
The film was also produced by Gigi Pritzker of OddLot Entertainment, one of the companies behind the Academy Award-nominated “Hell or High Water.” Russell Levine of Route One Entertainment also served as a producer.
“Landline” marks Amazon’s third acquisition at Sundance this year after the Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” and Michael Showalter’s dramatic comedy “The Big Sick”. “Obvious Child” was acquired by A24 out of Sundance three years ago.
UTA Independent Film Group and Clint Kisker of Madison Wells Media brokered the deal for “Landline.” Madison Wells Media owns OddLot Entertainment.