Little Miss Sunshine Sells For Record Amount At Sundance23 January 2006
Little Miss Sunshine Sells For Record Amount At Sundance
The first official hit film of the Sundance Film Festival, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, sparked a heated bidding war on Saturday (21JAN06) before selling for a record $10.5 million (GBP8.5 million).
Little Miss Sunshine closed to a standing ovation on Friday night (20JAN06) and kicked off a marathon negotiating session that lasted until 7:30am on Saturday morning - as movie studios executives competed to win worldwide distribution rights.
In the movie, Australian actress Collette plays the mother of a seven-year-old beauty pageant contestant travelling to a competition with her suicidal brother (Carell), self-help-obsessed husband (Kinnear) and drug-abusing dad (Alan Arkin).
Fox Searchlight emerged the winner and plans to release the film later this summer (06).
The previous record for a film bought at Sundance - $10.25 million (GBP8.3 million) - was set by HAPPY, Texas in 1999. The film starred Steve Zahn and Jeremy Northam as convicts who masquerade as beauty pageant experts.
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