The Sundance Film Festival is underway in Utah, meaning that the world of entertainment news is full of some very serious stuff–breaking reviews, brand new trailers, you name it. Sundance is ground zero for many a pop culture phenomena. It’s also, unsurprisingly, a time for records to be made and broken. That’s exactly what happened today when Andy Samberg’s brand new R-rated rom-com, Palm Springs, became the most expensive acquisition in Sundance history, selling distribution rights to Neon and Hulu for–drum roll please–$17,500,000.69, EW reports.
Yes, you read that correctly. Palm Springs has officially broken a record previously held by Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, by exactly 69 cents.
Palm Springs, produced by Samberg and his Lonely Island pals, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, staring Samberg himself, Cristin Militoit, J.K. Simmons, Tyler Hoechlin, Camila Mendes, Peter Gallagher, and Meredith Hagner, is a “surrealist” take on an adult-focused rom-com. In an interview with EW, Samberg explained that the movie is anything but a straightforward genre piece and assured that it comes packaged with some twists and turns. It explores that take place when Nyles, played by Samberg, is stranded at a wedding and falls in love with the maid of honor after a surrealistic interruption sends a toast from normal to disastrous.
You know, the standard wedding stuff.
Palm Springs premiered at Sundance. Information about a wide release is currently not available, but given its hefty price tag and Hulu acquisition, we can assume it will eventually be available to stream.
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Author: Meg Downey