A ray of "Sunshine" for Sundance disappointment

Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:00am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Fledgling movie distributor Overture Films has picked up U.S. rights to the seriocomic drama "Sunshine Cleaning," starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Steve Zahn and Alan Arkin.

The $7 million project premiered at Sundance in January, following pre-festival buzz that its strong cast and presumed comedic tone might trigger a bidding war.

But director Christine Jeffs' film had a more serious tone than many had expected, and mixed critical response led to caution among buyers. Adams and Blunt play desperate sisters who start a crime-scene cleanup business.

Overture paid about $2 million for U.S. rights, and will share a substantial part of any profits with the film's producer, Big Beach. Additionally, Maximum Films paid a mid-six-figure sum for Canadian rights.

Overture, a newly formed division of pay-TV firm Starz LLC, recently released its first movie, the inauspicious comedy "Mad Money" starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>Actress Amy Adams arrives to the New York Film Critic's Circle Awards in New York January 6, 2008. Fledgling movie distributor Overture Films has picked up U.S. rights to the seriocomic drama "Sunshine Cleaning," starring Adams, Emily Blunt, Steve Zahn and Alan Arkin. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>