Deadline.com reports that Paramount is closing a low-seven-figure deal for the Oklahoma-made film “Rudderless,” which closed the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Paramount will acquire North American rights and several additional territories.
The musical drama will start with a theatrical run in a deal that is taking shape with the Samuel Goldwyn Co. “Rudderless” will be released later this fall,” Mike Fleming Jr. reports for Deadline.com.
As previously reported, “Rudderless” marks the directorial debut for Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy, who also plays a small role in it. “Rudderless” was filmed last spring in Oklahoma City and Guthrie. Edmond filmmakers Jeff Robison and Casey Twenter penned the story, with an assist from Macy, of a grieving father (Billy Crudup) who discovers a box of his deceased son’s original music and forms a rock ‘n’ roll band hoping to find peace in the aftermath of tragedy.
The film, which also features Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Felicity Huffman and Laurence Fishburne, received largely rave reviews when it made its world premiere at Sundance back in January. After an early press and industry screening garnered positive feedback, the filmmakers attended a party where Crudup, Gomez, musicians Ben Kweller and Ryan Dean, who play Crudup’s bandmates in the film, and “Rudderless” songwriters Simon Steadman and Charlton Pettus performed music from the movie.
Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures and Brad Greiner are producing. Macy, Robison and Twenter also are listed as executive producers.
WME Global is closing the deal, Deadline.com reports, and Radiant’s Mimi Steinbauer is selling foreign rights.