DAILY NEWS: Lot 47 Deal; and Box Office Estimates
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Lot 47 Nabs Rights for "Scotland, PA"
(indieWIRE/04.16.01) -- Lot 47 Films confirmed its acquisition Friday of
Billy Morrissette's "Scotland, PA." The deal for North American rights
follows the film's world premiere at Sundance in January.
"Scotland, PA" is a comedy that features James LeGros ("Living in
Oblivion"), Maura Tierney ("Primary Colors"), Christopher Walken ("The Deer Hunter"), Kevin Corrigan ("Walking and Talking"), Amy Smart ("Road Trip"), Timothy "Speed" Levitch ("The Cruise") and Andy Dick ("Newsradio"). The company plans to release the movie in January of next year.
"Putting together an independent film, especially a Shakespearean fast food
black comedy, is an exciting, insane, living hell," commented "Scotland, PA"
writer/director Billy Morrissette in a prepared statement. "So many people
worked so hard on Scotland, PA. and we are all thrilled that Lot 47 has as
much faith in it as we do. Plus, they serve cocktails in their office every
Friday." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Box Office Success for a Pair of Indies
(indieWIRE/04.16.01) -- Newmarket's release of its own production,
Christopher Nolan's "Memento" did well over the weekend in early estimates. According to Variety, the movie added 53 screens and raked in nearly a
million on 173 screens, for an estimated total of $3.8 million so far.
Meanwhile, Lions Gate's Oscar nominee from Mexico, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Amores Perros," expanded to 163 screens over the weekend and earned more than $800,000 by Variety estimates. The film has already hit an
estimated $1 million at the box office according to the Hollywood trade.