The Sundance Film Festival may be winding down into its quieter second half, but the sales market is really starting to heat up. The winsome romantic dramedy Celeste and Jesse Forever — starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg as a married couple who decide to separate, only to remain best friends — sold today to Sony Pictures Classics for a reported $2 million. The distribution deal covers North American, Latin American, and Eastern European territories. Jones also co-wrote the film with costar Will McCormack; Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind) directed.
The deal comes hot on the heels of Fox Searchlight’s purchase of the romance The Surrogate (for $6 million) and the unconventional drama Beasts of the Southern Wild (for an undisclosed sum). On Sunday, CBS Films picked up the Bradley Cooper drama The Words for $2 million, and LD Distribution snagged the distaff thriller Black Rock for $1 million.
Check out my colleague Dave Karger’s lively interview with the Celeste and Jesse cast below: