Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US, Australian, New Zealand, South African, African TV, and Eastern European (minus EIF which has already been sold) rights to John Krokidas' directorial feature debut, Kill Your Darlings. Co-written by John Krokidas and Austin Bunn, Kill Your Darlings stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Cross, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The film is a US Dramatic competition feature at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and premiered to a standing ovation on Friday.
Kill Your Darlings is produced by John Krokidas, Benaroya Pictures' Michael Benaroya, Christine Vachon of Killer Films and Rose Ganguzza and is executive produced by Benaroya Pictures' Head of Production Joe Jenckes, Stefan Sonnenfeld, Jared Ian Goldman, Killer Films' Pamela Koffler, and Randy Manis.
The film is the previously untold story of a murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster) at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that would lead to their Beat Revolution.
John Krokidas had this to say about how excited he is about the deal.
"To be considered amongst the ranks of Pedro Almodóvar and Woody Allen is beyond my wildest dreams. Sony Pictures Classics is truly the perfect place for this film. This is a dream come true."
Here Sony Pictures Classics expresses their enthusiasm for the project.
"This is an amazing movie, a great American drama, thriller, and perfect evocation of New York in the 1940′s as you have never seen on screen before. With an ensemble cast that is truly mind-blowing led by Daniel Radcliffe in a profoundly moving performance as Allen Ginsberg, we are witnessing the birth of a major new American filmmaker. Producers Michael Benaroya and Christine Vachon have truly outdone themselves here. It is a privilege to bring a film that works on so many levels to American audiences."
Kill Your Darlings was negotiated by SPC and UTA's Rena Ronson along with Cassian Elwes.