By Mandela Wells
Over the weekend during the Sundance film Festival, Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by The Sea” was screened. The film received an extremely positive response and is even generating Oscar Buzz for 2017.
Amazon studios has officially jumped on the opportunity to buy the film and it has succeeded. Amazon has closed a deal for the domestic rights to “Manchester by the Sea.” Bidding had reached $10 million and Amazon will now have to find a theatrical distributor. Fox Searchlight, Tri-Star and Focus Features were also vying for this drama.
“Manchester by the Sea” focuses on a grief-stricken Boston handyman played by Casey Affleck. The movie also stars Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler.
This particular movie serves as the much anticipated return of Kenneth Lonergan, the writer and director of “You Can Count on Me.” Lonergan is also famous for the chaos that circled around his most last film “Margaret.” “Margaret” was delayed for 4 years as the filmmaker struggled to turn his story of a teenager in crisis into a manageable length and it resulted in multiple lawsuits. When it finally did debut in theaters in 2011 it received strong reviews. Some critics called it a “masterpiece.” Unfortunately it sank at the box office and failed to generate any kind of awards buzz.
Although the 2017 Oscars are still 13 months away, awards prognosticators were already predicting that the film could be a best picture contender and that Affleck may garner a nomination for best actor.
For now the foreign rights to the film are still up for grabs.