According to Deadline, Searchlight has continued its streak of plucking films from Sundance by acquiring the (sex) positively acclaimed Emma Thompson vehicle Good Luck To You, Leo Grande.
The film, directed by Sophie Hyde, revolves around a retired and widowed school teacher who yearns for a satisfying sexual experience – something she’s never had before. In an attempt to make that happen, she enlists the help of a male sex worker (played by Daryl McCormack). Despite meeting up for one thing, the two wind up having a much deeper conversation and different experience altogether.
Hailed by critics for its charm and exploration of human connection, it appears that Searchlight sees it a potential awards contender. For that reason, the studio intends to hold onto it before releasing it on Hulu later this year.
The $7.5 million deal was similar to the one made earlier this week for the Adam McKay-produced horror film Fresh, which also premiered at Sundance and will also hit Hulu this year. It’s the second major deal for narrative film from the festival after Sony Pictures Classics purchase of Oliver Hermanus’ Living.
With Sundance coming to a close this weekend, more deals are expected soon.