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Sundance Deals: Jerusha Hess and Stacie Passon Get Distribution Deals

by Kerensa Cadenas
January 22, 2013 11:30 AM
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Jerusha Hess’s directorial debut, Austenland, was picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for around $4 million. The film, which stars Keri Russell and Jennifer Coolidge, follows a woman who is obsessed with a BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice to a Jane Austen themed resort to see if she can find her own personal Mr. Darcy. Hess co-wrote the script with Shannon Hale. Hess had previously co-written cult hit Napoleon Dynamite with her husband, Jared Hess.

Sony Pictures Classics will distribute the film domestically and Sony will distribute internationally.

RADiUS/The Weinstein Company has paid seven figures for Stacie Passon’s Concussion, a film that is getting excellent reviews out of Sundance. Directed and written by Passon, Concussion follows a middle-aged lesbian housewife (Robin Weigert) who after getting hit in the head by her son’s baseball, begins having desires for something else that channels her into a double life as a high-end escort.

Concussion is slated for release in early Fall 2013.

Sundance 2013: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs 'Austenland' (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter)

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