IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to John Slattery's directorial debut "God's Pocket," the company announced at the Sundance Film Festival where the film made its world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section earlier this week.
With a screenplay by Slattery and Alex Metcalf based on the novel by Pete Dexter, "God's Pocket" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro and Slattery's "Mad Men" co-star Christina Hendricks. The film was produced by Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, and Emily Ziff, along with Hoffman and Slattery. Set in a blue-collar neighborhood, it follows a man whose crazy stepson dies in a construction "accident," which is investigated by a newspaper columnist.
The deal keeps Slattery, who stars in AMC's "Mad Menm" in the corporate family.
Slattery said, "I'm thrilled to be working creatively with IFC, and very happy to continue my ongoing and successful relationship with AMC. We're very proud of this film and excited to partner with IFC Films to bring it to a wide audience."
"John Slattery has made a remarkable debut here as a director, proving that he is as talented behind the camera as he is in front of it," said Sundance Selects/IFC Films President Jonathan Sehring. "On behalf of IFC Films and AMC Networks, we are really proud to be releasing this tremendous film, and to get the chance to work with John, the producers and this terrific cast."
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions at Productions, at Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Jay Cohen at the Gersh Agency,and attorney Marc H. Simon of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams and Sheppard, on behalf of the filmmakers.