Sundance: Annapurna Nabs ‘Sorry to Bother You’

Client: Boots Riley - Writer, Director, Nina Yang Bongiovi – Producer; Michael Y. Chow, Michael K. Shen – Executive Producers; Significant Productions, MNM Creative – Financiers Date: 01-25-2018

Annapurna Pictures has purchased “Sorry to Bother You” following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The workplace satire sold in a competitive seven-figure deal, with the studio picking up worldwide rights.

Sorry to Bother You” centers on an Oakland-based telemarketer named Cassius Green who discovers a magical key to professional success. It takes on such topics as racism and corporate greed — some buyers felt its satire was deft, while others griped that it juggled too many ideas.

Annapurna, which specializes in auteur-driven fare such as “The Master” and “Detroit,” was pretty blunt about its love for the picture.

“We f—ing love this movie,” the studio said in a statement.

The film stars Lakeith Stanfield (“Get Out”), Tessa Thompson (“Creed”), Armie Hammer (“Call Me by Your Name”), David Cross (“Arrested Development”), and Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”). It was written and directed by Boots Riley, who is better known as a musician. He provides vocals for The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club.

Endeavor Content negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Chris Corabi represented Annapurna Pictures.

The film was produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles D. King, George Rush, Jonathan Duffy, and Kelly Williams. It was co-financed by MNM Creative, MACRO, and Cinereach.

http://variety.com/2018/film/news/sundance-sorry-to-bother-you-annapurna-1202677125/