Sundance: Bradley Cooper drama 'The Words,' Kate Bosworth thriller 'Black Rock' picked up

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In the first major deal of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, CBS Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the Bradley Cooper drama The Words for $2 million, EW has confirmed. About a struggling writer who becomes a literary megastar after he passes off a lost manuscript as his own, the film also stars Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Wilde, and Dennis Quaid, and is the directorial debut for co-writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. The deal includes an additional $1.5 million for print and advertising.

The Words is actually the closing night film for the festival, but it sparked a bidding war after a private screening on Saturday. CBS Films is eyeing a release this fall.

Meanwhile, the distaff thriller Black Rock — about three friends (Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, and Katie Aselton, who also directed) whose vacation on a remote island turns terrifying — was snapped up today by LD Distribution for a reported $1 million.

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