The next edition of the Sundance Film Festival doesn't start until January 17 -- 80 days from now -- and the program won't be officially announced until next month, but indieWIRE says the first deal has already gone down. Sort of. The article by Eugene Hernandez reports that Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloomhas been picked up for North American distribution by Summit Entertainment. indieWIRE comments: "Many expected [the film] would go on the market at the Sundance Film Festival early next year. The unspecified eight-figure deal would have made major headlines had the sale played out in Park City early next year." Summit reportedly bought the rights after reading the script and watching just two minutes of completed footage.

Hernandez talked separately to producers Ram Bergman and James Stern, among others. Stern works with Endgame Entertainment, which financed the $20 million production. Bergman described The Brothers Bloom as a "globe trotting adventure" in which "a young heiress enters the lives of two sibling con men." Director Rian Johnson previously made the highly acclaimed Brick, which premiered at Sundance in 2005.

Cinematical has been covering The Brothers Bloom for more than a year. Martha Fischer wrote about the first tantalizing details and then followed up with more plot information. Erik Davis wrote about the casting of Rachel Weisz, Monika Bartyzel told us that Adrien Brody and Rinko Kinkuchi had been added and then advised that Mark Ruffalo had joined the cast.

With the pressure off to complete the film in time for Sundance -- Bergman told indieWIRE the film is already profitable -- the goal is to finish post-production by February. The film's official site states simply that production in Belgrade has wrapped: "We're all pretty tired, but very very happy. More to come." Look for The Brothers Bloom sometime next year.