Indie distributor Alchemy has snapped up North American rights to Mora Stephens’ political thriller “Zipper,” a 2015 Sundance premiere starring Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cho, Dianna Agron, Christopher McDonald, Alexandra Breckenridge and Penelope Mitchell.
Co-written by Stephens and Joel Viertel, “Zipper” will hit theaters and VOD later in 2015. Here’s the synopsis: Sam Ellis (Wilson) is a man on the rise — a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction threatening to destroy his life, family, and career.
In a relatively strong Sundance for female-directed films, “Zipper” garnered mixed reviews upon its Park City premiere, though CraveOnline calls it “The grown-up thriller of the year,” akin to David Fincher’s “Gone Girl.” The Guardian says there are elements to admire here.
The film is produced by R. Bryan Wright, Amy Mitchell-Smith, Mark Heyman, Joel Viertel, Marina Grasic and with executive proucers Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Darren Aronofsky, Danya Duffy, Jan Korbelin, Beau Chaney and Christian Oliver.
Formerly Millennium Entertainment, the newly rebranded Alchemy also picked up Nicole Kidman starrer “Strangerland” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.