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Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Buy ‘Kill Your Darlings’; CBS Films Build ‘Toy’s House’

Written by on January 22, 2013 

My most anticipated Sundance title has been bought, and, lo, there is a taste of celebration in the air: Deadline have learned that the Daniel Radcliffe-led Kill Your Darlings, a big winner with critics, will be coming to us non-attendees by way of Sony Pictures Classics. That this same group will be asked to, apparently, wait until fall is the only caveat.

As directed by John Krokidas, the drama centers on four of the most influential beat poets — William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) — and how one of their heinous actions changed their young lives forever, even breeding inspiration for future work. While, plot-wise, it sounds simple, the first reactions have praised both the cast’s individual work and collective chemistry, in addition to the dark underbelly plumbed in Krokidas and Austin Bunn‘s screenplay — all part of a world I’m actively interested in. When throwing Elizabeth Olsen and Michael C. Hall into the supporting slate, one might understand why I’m pining to see Kill Your Darlings for myself.

Another acquisition, as also learned by Deadline, is CBS’s purchase of Toy’s House. Bound to be a more commercially-friendly movie than one wherein Daniel Radcliffe engages in gay sex, it’s a coming-of-age story of three teenage boys (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias) who build a home in the woods, hoping to stake out their independence. You’ve got a bit of Moonrise Kingdom buzz to ride off of, depending on how they play their cards; the likes of Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Megan Mullally, and Tony Hale should make it a good sell, too.

Is Kill Your Darlings one to look out for? What are your first impressions of Toy’s House?

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