Sundance 2011: Fox Searchlight acquires HOMEWORK and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
January 24th, 2011

If there's one thing Fox Searchlight has a reputation for, it's releasing quality independent cinema that's almost always sure to be a hit. If there's another thing they have a reputation for, it's knowing what indie films to acquire at Sundance to thus turn into the next hit. And this year's Sundance is no different, as they've already picked up two of the festivals most buzzed-about films.

Read all about the studios acquisition of HOMEWORK and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE after the break!

HOMEWORK has a star studded cast including the likes of Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, Sam Robards and Blair Underwood. The directorial debut from writer/director Gavin Wiesen, the film stars Highmore as "George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who's made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, who is befriended by Sally, a beautiful and complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit."

In response to the studio picking up his picture, Wiesen said “We couldn't have found a better home than Searchlight, a company renowned for championing new storytellers."

Fox's indie arm has plans to release the film this year, along with their other acquisition from Sundance 2011, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, which features a widely talked about performance by younger Olsen sister, Elizabeth. If you've been keeping up with the chatter emitting from the cold teeth in Park City, then you know Miss Olsen's role as "a damaged woman haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, who struggles to reassimilate with her family after fleeing a cult" is already one to watch closely this year.

MARLENE hails from another first timer in writer/director Sean Durkin and costars Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes and Hugh Dancy. Claudia Lewis, President of Production for Fox Searchlight, had this to say about the filmmaker and his feature debut; "Sean Durkin has crafted a riveting first feature...We are thrilled to be working with a director who has such an original voice. We hope to make many more films with Borderline Films, this exceptional team of young filmmakers."

Durkin himself was obviously quite welcoming of the studio's acquisition of his film; "We are excited to be working with Searchlight, a company that has consistently embraced new voices and unique storytelling."

Stay tuned for more news on all of this year's biggest buys from Park City.

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