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Sundance 2013: Weinstein Co. buys 'Fruitvale'

January 21, 2013|By John Horn and Amy Kaufman
  • Michael B. Jordan in "Fruitvale."
Michael B. Jordan in "Fruitvale." (Rachel Morrison )

PARK CITY, Utah -- In a deal for about $2 million, the Weinstein Co. has acquired rights to the drama “Fruitvale,” shown at the Sundance Film Festival, according to a person close to the film who was not authorized to speak on the record.

The deal comes as Relativity Media bought Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s sexual obsession story “Don Jon’s Addiction” for about $4 million.

“Fruitvale” is based on the 2009 shooting of 22-year-old African American father Oscar Grant by a BART police officer in Oakland, an event that sparked outrage among community activists.

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The film, starring up-and-comer Michael B. Jordan in the lead role and directed and written by Ryan Coogler, follows Grant in the 24 hours before his death, during which he spends time with his family and decides to stop dealing marijuana.

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