Apple has confirmed Deadline’s scoop on successful an all-night bidding battle for the John Carney-directed Flora and Son, as Apple’s Heads of Worldwide Video Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht and their head of options Matt Dentler burned the midnight oil to make the label’s greatest Sundance Film Festival deal since they acquired CODA at 2021 Sundance. That movie went on to determine Apple as the primary streamer to win Finest Image, with the movie additionally successful Finest Tailored Screenplay for director Sian Heder, and Finest Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur.
The three-year previous Apple movie label paid $25 million for CODA, and Flora and Son got here in beneath that however it’s actually an expensive buy close to the $20 million that Netflix paid yesterday for one more pageant favourite, Truthful Play. That’s greater than the $15 million Apple paid finally Sundance for the Grand Jury Prize winner Cha Cha Actual Easy. The end result of the public sale was anyone’s guess till early this morning, as Apple and Amazon battled for the title.
Many patrons and sellers have returned from Park Metropolis, however there are many different nicely favored movies on the pageant which can be in play and can end in offers in the end, making for a great displaying within the first in-person Sundance in a number of years.
Whereas the label nonetheless must discover a automobile for Timothee Chalamat, Apple Original Films had a reasonably good morning. It landed a shock Finest Supporting Actor nomination for Brian Tyree Henry for the gritty two-hander Causeway reverse Jennifer Lawrence, and a nom for Finest Animated Quick for The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse. This regardless of the Oscar hopes of the very good Antoine Fuqua-directed Will Smith-starrer Emancipation didn’t materialize with Academy voters clearly turned off by ‘The Slap’ from the final Oscars that earned Smith a ten-year Academy ban.
The deal for Flora and Son provides Apple one other potential awards season contender for subsequent awards season, to associate with the epic Killers of the Flower Moon. That Martin Scorsese-directed Eric Roth-scripted adaptation of the David Grann ebook that stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro may have been a contender on this awards season, however Scorsese wanted extra time. As Deadline revealed last year, the expectation is that the movie will debut in competitors on the Cannes Movie Competition in Might (the fest hasn’t but locked its decisions) after which comply with with a significant theatrical rollout by means of Paramount Photos, earlier than it lands on Apple TV+.
Within the can a music save your life custom of his earlier movies As soon as, Start Once more and Sing Road, Carney delivered a crowd pleaser that appears on the therapeutic energy of music from the prism of an estranged younger mother (Eve Hewson) and a teen son (Oren Kinlan) who’s circling the drain as a petty thief. A guitar rescued from a dumpster, and a dreamer of a guitar instructor (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) flip issues round. Specific acclaim has been paid to a breakout efficiency by Hewson. She sings like an angel (she is the daughter of U2 frontman Bono), and has proven performing chops in Unhealthy Sisters, The Knick, Bridge of Spies and This Should Be The Place. Unhealthy Sisters is an Apple TV+ collection, and Hewson will emerge from Sundance with an actual probability to turn out to be a star.
Carney directed and wrote the movie, producing it with Anthony Bergman, Peter Cron, Rebecca O’Flanagan and Robert Walpole, with Cathleen Dore, Milan Popelka, Alison Cohen the exec producers.
The movie reunites Carney with Jack Reynor, who performs the teenager’s father, and for Apple it places the label again in enterprise with Gordon-Levitt, who govt produces the animated Apple Authentic collection Wolfboy and The Every little thing Manufacturing facility, and stars in and govt produces Mr. Corman.
Apple hasn’t dated Flora and Son but, however I wouldn’t be stunned if it provides to a 2023 slate that features the Julianne Moore-starrer Sharper, a thriller that opens restricted in theaters Feb 10 and lands on Apple TV+ every week later, Killers of the Flower Moon, the docu Nonetheless: A Michael J. Fox film that premiere at Sundance to acclaim, the docu Underrated: Stephen Curry, and the Matthew Vaughn-directed Argylle.
The Flora and Son deal was brokered by WME Impartial, Fifth State and FilmNation.