February 27, 2008 / 7:01 AM / 10 years ago

A ray of "Sunshine" for Sundance disappointment

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

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