Tuesday, April 16, 2024

First Sundance Film, Starring Kieran Culkin and Jesse Eisenberg, Sells for $10 Million to Searchlight


The first Sundance 2024 movie has reportedly sold for big bucks.

“A Real Pain,” directed by Jesse Eisenberg and starring him and Kieran Culkin, has gone to Disney’s Searchlight.

Variety reports that the sale was $10 million, which is not a record by any means but much more prudent in this tricky time.

My sources say a number of companies participated in an auction. You can only imagine how badly A24 and others wanted it.

The reviews have been raves for this warm hearted comedy. Eisenberg has a loyal fan following. and Culkin is hot from winning the Critics Choice and Emmy Awards for “Succession.”

Searchlight will probably hold this for the fall, and some awards consideration. So they’ve already got one in the bag for next year, and “Poor Things” for this one. Not bad!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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