Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US, Australian, New Zealand, South African, African TV, and Eastern European (minus CIS which has already been sold) rights to John Krokidas’ directorial feature debut, Kill Your Darlings. Co-written by Krokidas and Austin Bunn, Kill Your Darlings stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Cross, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The film is a US Dramatic competition feature at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and premiered to a standing ovation on Friday.
“To be considered amongst the ranks of Pedro Almodóvar and Woody Allen is beyond my wildest dreams,” said Krokidas. “Sony Pictures Classics is truly the perfect place for this film. This is a dream come true.
Sony Pictures Classics adds: This is an amazing movie, a great American drama, thriller, and perfect evocation of New York in the 1940′s as you have never seen on screen before. With an ensemble cast that is truly mind-blowing led by Daniel Radcliffe in a profoundly moving performance as Allen Ginsberg, we are witnessing the birth of a major new American filmmaker. Producers Michael Benaroya and Christine Vachon have truly outdone themselves here. It is a privilege to bring a film that works on so many levels to American audiences.”
Kill Your Darlings
2012, 95 minutes, color, U.S.A., U.S. Dramatic
While he is attending Columbia University in 1944, the young Allen Ginsberg’s life is turned upside down when he sets eyes on Lucien Carr, an impossibly cool and boyishly handsome classmate. Carr opens Ginsberg up to a bohemian world and introduces him to William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Repelled by rules and conformity in both life and literature, the four agree to tear down tradition and make something new, ultimately formulating the tenets of and giving birth to what became the Beat movement. On the outside, looking in, is David Kammerer, a man in his thirties desperately in love with Carr. When Kammerer is found dead, and Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr are arrested in conjunction with the murder, the nascent artists’ lives change forever.
Very Good Girls
2013, 120 minutes, color, U.S.A., Premieres
Best friends—introspective Lilly and free-spirited Gerry—spend their last summer at home in New York City before parting ways for college. The girls meet Brooklyn boy David, whom they both fall for, and Lilly soon begins a secret relationship with him. As Lilly’s home life falls apart after she discovers her father’s affair and Gerry becomes more obsessed with David, Lilly seeks solace in her first romance. However, a tragedy in Gerry’s family catapults Lilly back into reality, and she must face the consequences of her actions.
The 16 world premiere films in the U.S. dramatic section will be vying for the kind of attention a handful of selections receive each year coming out of the 10-day event. The 2012 festival boosted a number of films — Ava DuVernay’s “Middle of Nowhere,” Ira Sachs’ “Keep the Lights On,” Colin Trevorrow’s “Safety Not Guaranteed” and, of course, Benh Zeitlin’s grand jury prize-winning “Beasts of the Southern Wild” — to some degree. And Cooper and Groth continue to try to grow the audience for its world cinema selections.
“We’re always looking at that world competition as a place of discovery,” says Cooper. “For films that get neglected by American audiences, for sure, but also that may even get neglected in their countries of origin.”
Kill Your Darlings / U.S.A. (Director: John Krokidas, Screenwriters: Austin Bunn, John Krokidas) — An untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that led to the birth of an entire generation – their Beat revolution. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHann, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen.
Killer Films has announced on April 22, that principal photography for Kill Your Darlings is completed. The film is set for a 2013 release and is rumored to debut at the 2013 Sundance and Cannes Film Festival.
Although filming has wrapped I still have some on set pictures of Lizzie that I haven’t added earlier. Check them out in the gallery!
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