Searchlight Pictures acquired theater camp, the mockumentary-style comedy from Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman, Ben Platt and Noah Galvin. The worldwide deal, set in the $8 million range, includes theatre.
The ensemble comedy, which screened in the US Dramatic Competition section at Sundance, is portrayed as John Cleese via Broadway. It’s set in an upstate New York theater camp where eccentric staff try to keep the camp afloat with the help of the owner’s crypto-in-law son.
Gordon and Lieberman directed the feature, which stars Gordon, Platt, Galvin, Ayo Edebiri, Patti Harrison and Amy Sedaris, among others.
“We couldn’t imagine a better home for theater camp than Searchlight Pictures! It’s an absolute dream to be a part of their incredible and rich history that includes so many of our favorite films,” Gordon and Lieberman said. “This film is about the joy of bringing people together in one room, and for Searchlight to see the importance of sharing it in theaters means a lot to us. We are beyond grateful and thrilled.
Gloria Sanchez, Topic Studios and Picturestart are behind the film, which was produced by Galvin, Platt, Erik Feig, Samie Kim Falvey, Julia Hammer, Ryan Heller, Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum. Executive producers by Jeff Valeri, Shayne Fiske Goldner, Jimmy Tatro, Jennifer Semler, Michael Bloom, Alex Brown and Mary Bundy.
“Making this film with the extremely talented Ben, Molly, Nick and Noah, the incredible gang of Gloria Sanchez and our friends at Topic Studios was a complete dream,” continues Feig, who produced the 2022 Sundance star. Cha Cha real smooth, sold to Apple for $15 million. “The rest of the dream was to bring the film to Sundance where we would have an amazing showing and then we were bought by Searchlight who could bring it to audiences around the world like they have done with other Sundance titles. , notably Little Miss Sun and Napoleon Dynamite. And now that dream is coming true! We can’t wait for this film to hit theaters, with a real audience, brought to you by the exceptionally talented team at Searchlight.
“We had the time of our lives making this movie with Molly, Nick, Ben and Noah and our friends at Picturestart and Gloria Sanchez,” said Ryan Heller, VP of Film and Documentary at Topic Studios. “David, Matthew and the whole Searchlight team’s enthusiasm for theater camp only reinforced that they are the perfect partner to bring this film to the world.
“The loud and resounding reception of the public at theater camp is a testament to the charm, wit and joy of what Molly and Nick and the entire film crew have created,” Searchlight Presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield added. “We can’t wait to bring this inspiring and hilarious film to audiences in theaters around the world.”
WME brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
While the market at Sundance this year has been slow, sales began to heat up on Monday, with news of the theater camp the acquisition comes shortly after Netflix made a big play for fair gamelanding the Sundance thriller for $20 million.