By Jason Guerrasio | Indiewire January 28, 2012 at 6:30PM
With the Sundance awards ceremony hours away Magnolia continues to make buys, the latest being the acquisition of Craig Zobel’s “Compliance.”
The NEXT section entry based on true events follows Sandra (Ann Dowd), an overworked manager at a fast food restaurant, who receives a call from a police officer accusing one of her employees of stealing from a customer; thus setting into motion a nightmarish scenario that quickly spirals out of control.
Magnolia released Zobel’s previous film, “The Great World of Sound.”
Cinetic negotiated the deal.
The film will be released later this year.
Read press release:
Park City, UT – January 28, 2012– The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired US rights to COMPLIANCE, a harrowing thriller from writer/director Craig Zobel, that bowed last week at the Sundance Film Festival to controversy and critical acclaim. Magnolia previously collaborated with Zobel on Great World of Sound, which also premiered at Sundance in 2007. COMPLIANCE was produced by Sophia Lin, Lisa Muskat, Tyler Davidson, Theo Sena and Zobel.
Based on astonishing true events, COMPLIANCE is the story of Sandra (Ann Dowd), an overworked manager at a fast food restaurant, who receives a call from a police officer accusing one of her employees, a teenage girl named Becky (Dreama Walker), of stealing from a customer. Taking the officer at his word, Sandra detains Becky, setting into motion a nightmarish scenario that quickly spirals out of control.
“We are huge fans of Craig, and have been anticipating his follow-up to Great World of Sound for some time now,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “COMPLIANCE is a major step forward—an artful, remarkably acted, provocative thriller that will stir up passionate arguments and conversations with audiences. We couldn’t be more pleased to be working with Craig again.”
“I'm super happy to come home to Magnolia for this film,” said Zobel. “They consistently release movies I love, and are a pleasure to work with. They've been very supportive of me, and I can't wait to team up again. I'm psyched! Rock and roll!”
The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley with John Sloss and Dana O’Keefe of Cinetic Media. Magnolia is planning a theatrical release for the film later this year.
About Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures (www.magpictures.com<http://www.magpictures.com>) is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban. Recent releases include Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, Page One: Inside the New York Times, French thriller Point Blank, Blackthorn, starring Sam Shepard as Butch Cassidy, Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things, and Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love. Magnolia's upcoming releases include Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, Lauren Greenfield’s The Queen of Versailles, Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, Fernando Meirelles’360, The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe, David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters, Bradley Rust Gray’s Jack & Diane, and many more.