U.S. and Canadian rights to to Sundance feature "Buried" by Rodrigo Cortes has been picked up by Lionsgate, the distributor's Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President, and Jason Constantine, Lionsgate President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions said Sunday. The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Constantine, Eda Kowan, Lionsgate SVP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, and Wendy Jaffe, EVO Business & Legal Affairs, Acquisitions and Co-Productions and by UTA's Independent Film Group, on behalf of the filmmakers.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, the film revolves around Paul Conroy (Reynolds), a truck driver and family man who wakes up buried alive in an old wooden coffin. Not knowing who might have put him there or why, his only chance to escape from this nightmare is a mysterious cell phone. Poor reception, battery and lack of oxygen are his worst enemies in a race against time: Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued.
"I'm very excited to be working with Lionsgate," commented Cortes in a statement. "They are consistently creative and know how to use their resources to make the strongest possible impact - which is exactly what we set out to do with 'Buried.' So it's a very natural fit." [Brian Brooks]