Sundance acquisitions — Weinsteins, Sony, others pick up films for distribution


Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directing debut (he stars in it, too) is “Don John’s Addiction,” and Relativity Media has reportedly paid a staggering price for the indie comedy about a porn-addicted “playa” who tries to mend his ways. They must sense another “(500) Days of Summer” in it.

Stephenie “Twilight” Meyer produced “Austenland,” a comedy about a woman who goes to a Jane Austen theme park to find her ideal man. Jerusha Hess, wife of Jared (“Napoleon Dynamite”) Hess, directed it. Sony bought it.

Fox Searchlight appears to have won a bidding war for “The Way Way Back.” It’s a teen coming-of-age picture (summer at ‘the club’) with Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet and Annasophia Robb in the cast.

The Weinstein Co. has picked up the buzzed-about drama “Fruitvale,” about the last day in the life of a young man tragically shot to death by a trigger happy Bay Area Transit Officer, a notorious case from a few years back.

And “Concussion” is also a Weinstein pick-up, about a woman who copes with head trauma through prostitution.

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