Focus Features picks up Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’ from Sundance
The newly redeveloped studio has picked up the distribution rights to Zach Braff’s highly anticipated second feature-film ‘Wish I Was Here’. The film first made headlines when Braff took to Kickstarter to fund the project, hoping that by doing so he could make the film that he wanted, without relying on studio funds and having to deal with studio input.
The film was a success at Sundance last week, with many studios showing interest in picking up the project. In the end it was Focus Features that won the bidding, and the company released a statement saying the deal was now complete, Focus Features also picked up the international rights to the film.
The Statement from Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel:
“We are thrilled to be in business with Zach Braff. ‘Garden State’ was a huge benchmark in the world of independent film, and we are looking forward to continuing to support Zach and his unique voice. With ‘Wish I Was Here,’ he has once again delivered a film that perfectly captures something essential about our lives, and presents it with the laughter and emotion we all recognize.”
In the film Braff stars with Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Joey King, Donald Faison, Ashley Greene and Mandy Patinkin. Early estimates indicate that Focus Film paid just under $4 million for the rights to the film. In the beginning of this article I called Focus Features a revamped studio, to clarify, this would be the first Sundance project that the studio has acquired since it merged with FilmDistrict, and the first since Schlessel became CEO.