By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 24, 2011 at 4:21AM
Capping off a busy day for sales at Sundance, Fox Searchlight took the rights to Gavin Wiesen's directorial debut "Homework," which is screening in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the festival.
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FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES “HOMEWORK”
Specialty Arm Acquires Most Worldwide Rights
PARK CITY, UT January 23, 2011 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired most worldwide rights to the film HOMEWORK. Written and directed by Gavin Wiesen in his directorial debut, HOMEWORK stars Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, Sam Robards and Blair Underwood. The film was produced by P. Jennifer Dana, Kara Baker, Gia Walsh and Darren Goldberg. The film is scheduled to be released in 2011.
“Homework is a real coming of age story, it touched us with its genuine performances, depth and wit,” said Utley. “We're thrilled to continue Searchlight's tradition of being a home to first time filmmakers.”
“We couldn't have found a better home than Searchlight, a company renowned for championing new storytellers,” says Wiesen.
“We are delighted to have found an impassioned partner for Homework. Searchlight shares our passion for this gem of a film. We couldn't be in better hands,” say Dana, Baker, Walsh and Goldberg.
HOMEWORK stars Freddie Highmore as George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who's made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, who is befriended by Sally, a beautiful and complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Vice President of Acquisitions Ray Strache, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien and International Creative Management, which represented North American rights. ICM also represents Wiesen and Underwood. Goldcrest Films is handling International sales.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.