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Sundance 2011: 'Like Crazy' deal could be done soon

January 22, 2011 |  9:51 pm

“Like Crazy” is getting crazy attention at the Sundance Film Festival.

In what could be the first big deal of the festival, director Drake Doremus’ long-distance-love-affair drama was nearing a sale late Saturday night, with an unusual bidder perhaps poised to grab the movie.

The film about two young lovers separated by the Atlantic Ocean attracted buyer interest from Focus Features, Summit Entertainment and the Weinstein Co. It stars Anton Yelchin of "Star Trek" and “The Tempest’s” Felicity Jones.

But the Santa Monica production company Indian Paintbrush, the backers of Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “The Darjeeling Limited” and Jason Reitman’s upcoming “Young Adult,” could be in the leading position to acquire the film. Indian Paintbrush, if it gets the movie, would release “Like Crazy” through Paramount Pictures, some of whose top executives have seen the film.

People close to the deal say the movie could fetch a sales price around $2 million. United Talent Agency, who is negotiating the deal for “Like Crazy” producers Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling, declined to comment on the status of negotiations.

The Weinstein Co., meanwhile, was very interested in “My Idiot Brother,” a comedy starring Paul Rudd as the recently jailed ne’er-do-well sibling of three sisters with some pretty big problems of their own. That movie premiered Saturday night to a mixed response at the Eccles Theater.

--John Horn

Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones in "Like Crazy": Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival