The movie studio and distribution division of the heavy hitting e-commerce website Amazon has dropped around $5 million at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for the global distribution rights of Shia LaBeouf’s semi-biographical movie “Honey Boy”. The movie was penned by LaBeouf while he was going through rehabilitation for substance abuse. The story is about a young child actor growing up in a turbulent private life in Los Angeles while aiming towards launching a strong acting career in movies and television.
When the movie premiered at the film festival it was positively received from the audience with a standing ovation. There was a steady amount of anticipation for this movie ever since the news of LaBeouf’s script was made public, followed by the fact he would be portraying the role of the father (rumored to be based upon his real life dad). The movie is directed by Alma Har’el, and features Lucas Hedges, FKA Twigs, Maika Monroe, Natasha Lyonne, Martin Starr, Byron Bowers, Laura San Giacomo, and Clifton Collins Jr. in various acting roles.
This transaction marks the fourth title in a line of purchases Amazon has garnered the distribution rights for movies that were played at the Sundance Film Festival. The previous deals the company had picked up are for domestic distribution only within the United States, which includes the following titles: Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night” ($13 million), “The Report” ($14 million), and “Brittany Runs a Marathon” ($14 million).