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Fox Searchlight Snaps Up Comedy Pitch from Joe Swanberg

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 21, 2013 at 11:59AM

Fox Searchlight has acquired a high-concept comedy pitch from director Joe Swanberg, who has "Drinking Buddies" hitting theaters this weekend.
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Joe Swanberg
Joe Swanberg

Fox Searchlight has acquired a high-concept comedy pitch from director Joe Swanberg, who has "Drinking Buddies" hitting theaters this weekend. 

The logline is currently being kept secret but, per Deadline, it will be a continuation of Swanberg's career-long interest in looking at the nature of relationships and the difficulty of commitment. Shawn Levy ("The Spectacular Now") and his 21 Laps banner will produce, along with "Drinking Buddies" producer Alicia Van Couvering.

In a recent TOH! interview, Swanberg expressed his interest in moving back and forth between "bigger films" and smaller, more intimate productions, with an eye to finding a commercial audience. In the indie universe, many filmmakers are toiling away without much hope of making a permanent living. Being able to find this balance, like catching the attention of Fox Searchlight, is a way to keep one's indie cred while also making some money.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.