February 8, 2023

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Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘A Little Prayer’

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to “A Little Prayer” following its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The exact sale price is unclear, but sources say it’s in the low seven-figure range.

The deal reunites Sony Pictures Classics with Angus McLachlan, who wrote the screenplay for “Junebug,” which the indie label released. McLachlan directed the film in addition to writing the script. WME Independent brokered the sale.

“A Little Prayer” follows Tammy (Jane Levy) and David (Will Pullen), a married couple in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who share a home with David’s parents, Bill (David Strathairn) and Venida (Celia Weston). takes Things get complicated when Bill starts to think that David is cheating on Tammy.

Critics seem to have liked the film, praising the acting in particular. The Hollywood Reporter Sherry Linden wrote, “Most of the characters in this candid and cautiously optimistic drama are trying to hold on to something. At its center are two men reaching for the ethereal of the everyday, learning to let go.”

McLachlan’s directorial debut, which he wrote, “Goodbye to All That,” premiered in 2014. He wrote and directed “Lots of Acreage Available,” starring Amy Ryan.

After a slow start, the market for Sundance releases is heating up. Netflix spent $20 million on “Fair Play,” a sex-heavy drama, while Apple paid about the same amount for “Flora and Son,” a musical drama from “Once” creator John Carney. Searchlight Pictures also struck, buying “Theatrical Camp” for $8 million.

Deadline first reported sales of “A Little Prayer.”

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