Sundance: Gay Love Story ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Sells to Sony Pictures Classics (EXCLUSIVE)

Sundance 2017

Courtesy of Sundance

One of the buzziest titles to debut at this month’s Sundance Film Festival is already off the market. “Call Me By Your Name,” a gay love story in the tradition of “Brokeback Mountain,” has sold to Sony Pictures Classics, Variety has learned.

The deal for worldwide rights, estimated to be north of $6 million, was struck after several buyers expressed serious interest. The movie will debut in the upcoming Park City festival’s Premieres section on Jan. 22.

“Call Me By Your Name,” adapted from the 2007 novel by Andre Aciman, follows an affair after a chance meeting in 1980s Italy between a 17-year-old boy (Timothee Chalamet from “Homeland”) and a twentysomething man (Armie Hammer). It’s not clear what the movie will be rated, but the book involves a sexually explicit act with a peach and other charged moments.

The film was made by acclaimed Italian director Luca Guadagnino (“A Bigger Splash”) and produced by Emilie Georges, Guadagnino, James Ivory, Marco Morabito, Howard Rosenman, Peter Spears and Rodrigo Teixeira.

Executive producers include Naima Abed, Tom Dolby, Sophie Mas, Francesco Melzi, Lourenco Sant’Anna, Derek Simonds and Margarethe Baillou.

The early sale for “Call Me By Your Name” coincides with a trend happening at film festivals, where hot properties are scooped up early, as distributors are eager to avoid all-night bidding wars with deep-pocketed players like Netflix. Last year’s Sundance featured two such big auctions for “The Birth of a Nation” (which sold for a record-breaking $17.5 million to Fox Searchlight) and “Manchester by the Sea” ($10 million to Amazon Studios). The rest of the titles in 2016 either arrived with distribution in tow or found homes in a slow trickle of deals.

WME and UTA Independent Film Group handed the sale.

10 Comments

  1. juke says:

    January 8, 2017 at 5:07 am

    like Mary responded I am surprised that anybody can profit $5308 in a few weeks on the computer . see more……………..http://tinyurl.com/OlineJobMoney1

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  2. JOE S HILL says:

    January 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Liberal Hollywood once again trying to sell Homosexual rubbish-unimpressive!

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  3. tdoa says:

    January 7, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Actually “Liberal” H’wood sells almost predominantly heterosexual rubbish, which makes them more conservative in my book. One little homosexual movie that will only be seen by the audience that it’s intended for and will never play anywhere near the dark recesses of the world you live in and you’re wining like a little bitch! Go find something more significant and with far more pervasive consequences to whine about!

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  4. Babs J. says:

    January 6, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    i know, right? Homosexual rubbish was so much more impressive back in the days when your Dad was selling it.

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  5. Mitchell says:

    January 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Sony is so dumb it is unbelievable. Fat, unliked Schumer as Barbie and a movie for 1.8 percent of the population.

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  6. tdoa says:

    January 7, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Well even that 1.8% his a right to see themselves portrayed onscreen and the budget for making it is probably accordingly and that percentage of the audience will make it’s money back. So why don’t you and your boyfriend Joe Hill up there get together at the next xXx for mutual masturbatory fantasies about your heterosexuality and leave the rest of the world to theirs.

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  7. Carl says:

    January 7, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Oh honey, in a British study last year over 50% of the 18-24 year olds said they are not completely straight. Most of us are bi, and MANY of you homophobes are closet cases. So there.

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  8. Al says:

    January 6, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Huh?

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  9. Ogg says:

    January 7, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Now that is a ludicrous statement. Only people in nursing homes still believe being gay is a choice. Get help.

  10. Babs J. says:

    January 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    The novel (which I love) is like a gay, backwards “Lolita” that includes a brief foray into coprophilia. If you think heterosexual audiences will find this more approachable than “Carol” or “The Kids Are All Right”, boy did you put your money on the wrong horse.

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