Amazon MGM Studios is in final negotiations to acquire Megan Park’s sophomore feature “My Old Ass,” starring Aubrey Plaza and Maisy Stella, following its Sundance Film Festival debut.
The high-concept film — which was produced by LuckyChap’s Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara, with Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales — made its world premiere on Saturday night in a sold-out screening at the Eccles Theatre in Park City, UT. The deal is for roughly $15 million. It is one of a handful of high-profile Sundance movies that are fielding offers from several bidders, including “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story” and “Will & Harper,” a road trip documentary with Will Ferrell and his best friend, Harper Steele.
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Amazon MGM is targeting a wide theatrical release for the film in the U.S. and Canada, with international territories still to be determined. Like all of its titles, the ultimate home will be Prime Video. “My Old Ass” landing at Amazon MGM comes after LuckyChap’s successful collaboration with the studio on Emerald Fennell’s “Saltburn,” a sexually charged look at the British class system. The critically acclaimed film, which grossed $20 million at the box office, blossomed into a bonafide pop culture phenomenon when it was released on Prime Video.
Described as a “sweet teenage love story, a lively contemporary comedy and a riff on time-travel films all in one,” “My Old Ass” follows the bright-yet-irreverent Elliott (Stella, in her feature film debut), who the summer before college, comes face-to-face with her older self (Plaza) during a mushroom trip. Elliott finds herself questioning her life choices and the relationships around her, while she prepares to leave her childhood home. Percy Hynes White, Maddie Ziegler and Kerrice Brooks also star in the coming of age comedy.
As for Park, the actor-turned-director’s star has been on the rise since her 2021 SXSW grand jury prize and audience award-winning debut “The Fallout,” which also starred Ziegler and Jenna Ortega, and nabbed the filmmaker a spot on Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch list. That film was acquired by Warner Bros. and debuted on Max in Jan. 2022. Thus, “My Old Ass” was among the most-anticipated films and hottest sales titles debuting in competition at this year’s Sundance — especially given Plaza’s starring role and the backing of LuckyChap, which produced the box office juggernaut that is “Barbie” along with the very provocative “Saltburn” (the film that launched a thousand bathtub slurping memes).
CAA Media Finance brokered the deal. Deadline first reported the sale.
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