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Sundance 2018: ‘Sorry to Bother You’ goes to Annapurna

Sundance 2018: ‘Sorry to Bother You’ goes to Annapurna

Sorry To Bother You, Sundance, Sundance 2018, Boots Riley, Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer

As reported in Variety Annapurna Pictures has purchased “Sorry To Bother You” following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The workplace satire sold in a competitive seven-figure deal, with the studio picking up worldwide rights.

“Sorry to Bother You” was the festival’s most talked about film. We here at BGN we found it a hilarious piece of ‘pure avant-garde brilliance. Quirky, funny, creative and f***ing insane this movie is by far one of the most amazingly bizarre and unique films I’ve seen in a long time.’ But many of the mostly white Sundance reporters did not ‘get’ brilliance of what director Boots Riley created.

Annapurna, which specializes in auteur-driven fare such as “The Master” and “Detroit,” and will also distribute Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” later this year.

Annapurna obviously ‘got’ it. “We fucking love this movie,” the studio said in a statement.

The film stars Lakeith Stanfield (“Get Out”), Tessa Thompson (“Creed”), Armie Hammer (“Call Me By Your Name”), David Cross (“Arrested Development”), and Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”). It was written and directed by Boots Riley, who is better known as a musician. He provides vocals for The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club.

The film was produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles D. King, George Rush, Jonathan Duffy, and Kelly Williams. It was co-financed by MNM Creative, MACRO and Cinereach.

“Sorry to Bother You” is expected to reach theaters later in 2018.

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