If there’s any question as to which studio is the dealmaking king of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, all one has to do is look at Amazon Studios’ track record to see just how dominant they’ve been this year. After picking up buzzy titles like “Complete Unknown” and Whit Stillman’s “Love and Friendship,” plus dropping a huge $10 million on Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester By the Sea,” Amazon has stuck again by picking up domestic rights to Todd Solondz’s “Wiener-Dog.” Variety first reported the deal, which was made in the low seven-figure range and includes a commitment for a significant theatrical release.
The movie earned a dash of acclaim from Solondz diehards when it premiered last Friday at the festival. The plot is made up of individual shorts featuring a host of different characters who all encounter the same dachshund, with a cast includes Danny DeVito, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Ellen Burstyn and Greta Gerwig, playing an older version of the same character that Heather Matarazzo played in “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon served as producers.
In his A- review out of Sundance, Indiewire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn raved, “‘Wiener-Dog’ combines surrealism with deadpan humor even when it’s not exactly funny. Broadly speaking, Solondz has targeted the vanity of attempting to live with purpose; more specifically, his movie reflects an outright frustration with the creative process.”
CAA handled sales for the filmmakers. Annapurna backed the film and is handling foreign sales.