Sundance Film Festival has barely kicked off and already Amazon Studios has announced it will team with Roadside Attractions for the theatrical release of “Love & Friendship”. Originally reported by Deadline, “Love & Friendship” will have a first window on theatrical before streaming online via Amazon. The film markst the second project to be released by Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions closely following the recent release of Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq. The project is directed by Whit Stillmen and stars Kate Beckinsdale (“Underworld”, comedian Stephen Fry, Emma Greenwell (“Shameless”), Xavier Samuel (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”), Chloe Sevigny (“Big Love”).
This isn’t the first time Amazon Studios has released a Stillman project. Last year, the e-commerce turned streaming service premiered Stillman’s pilot “The Cosmopolitans.” It’s also not the first project Amazon Studios has acquired at Sundance. The company did a pre-Sundance announcement that it had picked up “Complete Unknown,” a drama which stars Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon.
“Friendship & Love” is a period piece adapted from Jane Austen’s short story about a widow who, upon moving in with her in-laws, is thwarted by the usual Jane Austen-esque gossip as she looks to remarry and sort a suitable partner for her daughter.
Interestingly, as reported by Deadline, the film will have a limited theatrical distribution window of roughly 30 days. Given the recent trend of releasing titles for both streaming and theatrical simultaneously, its surprising the Internet giant would not lock in first window streaming on Amazon Prime. Amazon, alongside subscription streaming service Netflix, are expected to be big contenders at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.