Amazon acquires the film ‘Landline’ at Sundance and scraps the series ‘Highston’

After paying $6 million for the Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip and paying $12 million for the film The Big Sick, Amazon has picked up their third film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The company reportedly paid $3 million for the film Landline which was co-written and directed by Gillian Robespierre. Expect the film to make its way to Prime Video after a theatrical run.

In other Amazon Video news, despite initially greenlighting the series, Amazon has decided not to move forward with a full season of Highston after all. The series, which was executive produced by Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame, was part of Amazon’s last pilot season fo 2015.

  1. miasma says:

    Very disappointing news re: Highston. The funniest pilot I’ve seen in a long time and almost universally highly rated but the public. Why drop this yet keep rubbish like Red Oaks which didn’t even have to gain public approval via the “pilot season”.

    Highston had loads of potential with his ability to communicate with celebrity invisible friends and deserved a chance. Maybe it was the reference to the new President that put paid to it.

    I feel a campaign starting … anyone?

    • jimberkas says:

      I agree that the Highston news is very disappointing. guess its time to take it off my watch list.

      however, I vehemently disagree about Red Oaks, which I LOVE!

    • Charlie says:

      Season 2 of Red Oaks is actually head and shoulders above Season 1. It’s worth checking out.

  2. Jeck says:

    I thought I remember seeing something about “Niko and the Sword of Light” being signed for a full season release. Do you know anything about this one? My kids loved the pilot.

  3. Mark says:

    6 million for a documentary on a band that hasn’t been active in over 20 years?

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