Amazon acquires Obvious Child follow-up Landline
James R | On 25, Jan 2017
Amazon has acquired the new film from Obvious Child director Gillian Robespierre.
Landline, which premiered at Sundance, sees Robespierre reunite with her leading lady from the fabulous Obvious Child: Jenny Slate. Co-starring Edie Falco, John Turturro, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass and Finn Wittrock, the film follows the two Jacobs sisters, Dana and Ali, who grow up in 1990s Manhattan. A time without cell phones but full of CD listening stations, the 1990s see Dana on the verge of getting married to the straight-laced Ben and Ali diving her time between high school and sex, drugs and clubbing.
Their lives change, though, when they discover love letters written by their father, which suggest he’s having an affair.
Landline is produced by Gigi Pritzker under her OddLot banner with Route One. Russell Levine also produces. Amazon has bought the US rights to the movie for $3 million, in a deal handled by UTA Independent.
The movie marks the latest in a flurry of deals for Sundance’s buzziest indie titles, as both Amazon and Netflix race to buy what could prove to be the next Manchester by the Sea. Bought by Amazon last Sundance, the film has gone to receive six Oscar nominations this year, including one for Best Picture – the first Best Picture nomination ever received by a streaming service.
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