“Theater Camp,” a loving mockumentary about thespians starring Ben Platt and Molly Gordon, has been sold to Searchlight after its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The deal, which is for worldwide rights, totaled $8 million. It is expected to include a theatrical release.
Gordon and Nick Lieberman direct the crowd-pleaser, which also stars Noah Galvin, Jimmy Tatro, Patty Harrison and Ayo Edebiri. “Theatre Camp” takes place at an overnight camp in upstate New York and begins as AdirondACTS founder Joan (Amy Sedaris) falls into a coma. In his absence, his crypto brother son Troy and some eccentric instructors are left to keep the financially strapped Theater Haven afloat during the summer.
“Theater Camp,” which draws inspiration from Christopher Guest-style observational satire, played to an enthusiastic crowd at Park City’s Eccles Theater and received a standing ovation. At the premiere, Lieberman called the film a “labor of love” and Gordon shared the project was “something we wanted to do with friends.” The movie was co-written by Gordon, Lieberman, Platt and Galvin, who are longtime best friends in real life.
“The film was born out of just wanting to do something together and being inspired by people who came together,” Gordon said. diversity Before the premiere. “It seemed like this big dude’s hang was really hard and took 19 days and it was a crazy thing.”
Now that the weekend has come to a wrap, the Sundance market is starting to heat up. Netflix just plunked down a whopping $20 million for the worldwide rights to “Fair Play,” a sexy thriller starring Alden Ehrenreich and Phoebe Dynevor. A few days ago, Magnolia grabbed the documentary “Little Richard: I’m Everything” and Netflix landed “Run Rabbit Run,” a thriller starring Sarah Snook.
Deadline reports the first sales.