CATEGORIES Drama, Independent, Deals, Sundance, Sony, The Weinstein Co., Newsstand, Weinstein Brothers, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, Sundance Film Festival, CinematicalAt Sundance last week, the Weinstein Company triumphantly announced that it had landed the rights to distribute the Edie Sedgwick biopic, Factory Girl, in a group of English-speaking territories, including North America. This news came as a bit of a shock to the people at Sony, however, who thought they had acquired North American rights back in October. Oops.
According to a lawsuit filed by Sony early this week, they first saw the script in July, and had further contact with Holly Wiersma, the film's producer, the following fall. When the movie found itself struggling for financing, Sony "offered to buy the North American distribution rights - something Wiersma agreed to in writing, through her agents, after negotiations concluded in October." Though the producer has yet to publicly respond to the charges, it would appear that the agreement - if, in fact, it happened - slipped her mind when Harvey and Bob were chatting her up in Park City. Did I mention oops?