February 07, 2005
Sony hearts Thumbsucker
Sony Classics gives thumbs-up to 'Thumbsucker' LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sony Pictures Classics has acquired rights to "Thumbsucker," a crowdpleaser at the recent Sundance Film Festival.

Sources said the deal -- covering North America and English-speaking territories -- was in the $3.5 million-$4 million range. It is scheduled for fall release Stateside.

A first feature from skateboard designer and music-video director Mike Mills, "Thumbsucker" stars Lou Pucci as an incommunicative teenager who doesn't want to give up sucking his thumb. Trying to provide helpful advice are his confused parents (Tilda Swinton and Vincent D'Onofrio), his wacky orthodontist (Keanu Reeves), his love interest (Kelli Garner) and his debate coach (Vince Vaughn).

Sony Classics has committed to running the "Thumbsucker" trailer before such upcoming wide releases as sister studio Columbia Pictures' summer skateboard movie "Lords of Dogtown."

"Thumbsucker" will screen in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 10-20).

I heard a really great review on NPR last week, and was sure that the film would get picked up. Great to have confirmation!

cinema | from inside the mind of krix at February 07, 2005 12:21 PM .

Wonder what took those bigwigs so long,
being selected for the Berlinale competition is a seal of approval!

Posted by: Niobe on February 7, 2005 01:07 PM

I read an article about Bob Yari, who is developing a production empire of his own, and that he was holding out for more money (he produced Thumbsucker and will be producing The Night Watchman).

Posted by: nudel on February 7, 2005 02:22 PM

I'm glad they found a deal. I missed it at Sundance, so maybe I will get my chance to see after all.

Posted by: lizzie on February 7, 2005 03:49 PM

i got sooooo happpy weh i saw that announcement!
a truely joyous moment! one of many i hpe!

and right now big smiles!

i heart keanu!

Posted by: wanda on February 7, 2005 11:01 PM

Good news indeed!! All the positive feedback for this film is just feeding my desire to see this movie even more!

Posted by: Lisa on February 8, 2005 06:51 AM

Well since reading the Tilda articles I know she is one of my favorite people in the world, and I'm psyched to see Thumbsucker too! Thank goodness netflix has a lot of her movies!

Posted by: Parsippanynj on February 8, 2005 10:41 AM

well... you won't be disappointed... the film features a great stroy which is really multi level...and really great performances by all the cast members... and that's not just me talking!
keanu is espeically special in this!

Posted by: wanda on February 8, 2005 04:10 PM
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