EXCLUSIVEThe Sundance acquisitions market is about to start selling big. The Dish hears Chloe Domont directed Fair Game now has seven bidders making offers. Traditionally, when this happens, the result is an 8-figure deal. It looks like this one is headed here, although the closing may take until tomorrow
Sources that bid include Netflix, Searchlight, Neon, and several others.
Eddie Marsan, Alden Ehrenreich, Phoebe Daynor, Rich Sommer starred in the film. Emily (Dinvor) and Luke (Ehrenreich), a prosperous New York couple, can’t get enough of each other. When a coveted promotion at a cut-throat financial firm comes up, supportive exchanges between the lovers begin to turn into something more sinister. As the power dynamics in their relationship irreversibly shift, Luke and Emily must face the true cost of success and the uneasy limits of ambition.
The pic marks the lead debut of Domont, whose dive into the destructive gender dynamics pitting partners against each other will send him home to the hot mud, no matter when or where this one closes. The film stems from a deal T-Street stars Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman struck with MRC to develop cars for emerging talent, and Fair Game is the first film to come out of it. Johnson and Bergman made Knives Out a one-picture deal with MRC, and then they landed a $450 million deal for two Netflix sequels. The first of these Glass onion, has been a crowd-pleasing triumph that is squarely included in the major Oscar nominations. Star Thrower’s Tim and Trevor White (King Richard) produced and developed the film and brought it to MRC and T-Street.
With its ongoing relationship with Netflix, the Sundance news put the streamer in pole position. While Netflix usually gets the festival nods it wants, sources say that’s speculative at this point, and it’s up to anyone to win, anyone willing to break out that checkbook. Stay with us.