Big deals are going down at the Sundance Film Festival, and two of them involve Amazon and its deep pockets.
The streaming service paid $14 million to acquire "The Report," a political drama starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Maura Tierney, and Michael C. Hall.
Amazon also spent $13 million on "Late Night," a comedy starring Emma Thompson as a Letterman-esque talk show host whose world is turned upside down when she attempts to address diversity issues by hiring her first female staff writer (Mindy Kaling). That figure sets a new Sundance record for domestic distribution rights.
"The Report," written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, is based on the true story of the Bush-Cheney era torture programs. Senate staffer Daniel Jones (Driver) leads an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program and learns about “enhanced interrogation techniques” that the CIA adopted after 9/11. When Jones and the Senate Intelligence Committee, including Dianne Feinstein (Bening) attempt to release the results from the investigation, the CIA and White House seek to muzzle them.