After making a big splash during last year’s Sundance with the acquisition of The Way, Way Back, the indie arm of Twentieth Century Fox is back with two significant buys out of this year’s festival. In the past two days Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights to the existential drama I Origins from writer/director Mike Cahill and U.S. rights to John Michael McDonaugh’s black comedic drama Calvary.
I Origins, which debuted on the first weekend, stars Michael Pitt as a molecular biologist with an eye obsession. He co-stars with Brit Marling and Astrid Berges-Frisbey.
“Mike Cahill’s impressive second feature makes you question our very place in the universe by merging the scientific and emotional worlds in a deeply affecting way,” says Fox Searchlight’s presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley. The two acquired Cahill’s first drama Another Earth in 2011.
Watch an interview with the cast of I Origins here:
Calvary is McDonaugh’s follow-up to his 2011 film The Guard. Both films star Brendan Gleeson. In Calvary, Gleeson plays a priest tormented by his community. Kelly Reilly (Flight) plays his daughter while Chris O’Dowd plays the cuckolded butcher. “Brendan Gleeson gives a tour de force performance… taking us into a world with distinctive characters where the stakes are high,” adds Gilula and Utley.
Searchlight’s buys mark two of the most significant purchases of the festival. Other acquisitions include Focus Features picking up Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here and Sony Pictures Classics buying Whiplash.
Watch an interview with the cast of Calvary here: