Sundance 2012: HBO, Scott Rudin grab remake rights to “Indie Game”

Through the deal, Rudin will develop and exec produce a fictional half-hour comedy based on the Canadian doc, which follows four video game developers as they scramble to create their games.
January 23, 2012

Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, filmmakers from Winnipeg, Canada, are having a good Sundance 2012 festival with their film about indie game developers.

Indie Game: The Movie bowed at Park City on Friday, and over the weekend, HBO and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin picked up the remake rights.

The plan is now for Rudin (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) to develop and executive-produce a fictional half-hour comedy based on the Canadian documentary.

The theatrical and TV rights to Pajot and Swirsky’s documentary about four video game developers scrambling to create their games are still up for grabs.

Indie Game: The Movie debuted in Sundance as part of the world cinema documentary competition.

Last week, HBO Documentary FilmsĀ picked up U.S. broadcast rights for Me @ The Zoo, a documentary focusing on YouTube star Chris Crocker which has former R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe as one of its exec producers, prior to its Sundance debut.

(From Playback Daily, with files from realscreen)

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