THE RAID 2 Leads Sundance 2014 Premieres Announcement

Festivals Editor; Los Angeles, California (@RylandAldrich)
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The excitement is palpable around these parts with today's announcement that The Raid 2 will be done in time to premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The follow-up to the best action film in decades promises a more fleshed out look into the incredible world that Gareth Evans gave us a glimpse of when The Raid first premiered at TIFF only 27 short months ago. It's time to dive back in and if the teaser is any indication, we are in for a wild ride.

But that wasn't the only announcement out of Park City today (though you'd be excused for thinking so). Following up on the Midnighters/Spotlight/New Frontiers and Competitions/Next announcements last week, the Premieres and Documentary Premieres were fully revealed today. Other exciting films on tap include Michael Winterbottom's reteaming with Coogan and Brydon in The Trip to Italy, David Cross's feature directorial debut Hits, Mike Cahill's Another Earth follow-up I Origins (also with Brit Marling), the latest from Lynn Shelton Laggies, a big cast John le Carré adaptation by Anton Corbijn called A Most Wanted Man, and new films from William H. Macy, Gregg Araki, John Michael McDonagh, and David Wain. Whew!

The Docu Premieres include Alex Gibney's latest Finding Fela, Amir Bar-Lev's Sandusky docu Happy Valley, Whitey Bulger doc WHITEY by Joe Berlinger, and the incredible-sounding Roger Ebert docu by documentarian extraordinaire Steve James, Life Itself.

So, what are you most excited for? (Okay, second most excited for?)

Click to the right for the lineups.

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CHUDDecember 9, 2013 5:20 PM

With only the names attached and brief synopses to go off of, it's feeling like a 3 way tie for second place between Calvary, They Came Together, and The Trip to Italy.

Todd BrownDecember 9, 2013 5:30 PM

I am SUPER excited for Calvary. Same with Trip To Italy and Frank.

arturoDecember 9, 2013 6:30 PM

Todd do you know when The Raid 2 hits the UK??

Todd BrownDecember 9, 2013 6:40 PM

I don't, actually. I know what the US date is (can't say, but people won't have long to wait) and other territories are being encouraged to release as close to that date as possible (we'd love it to be more or less day and date everywhere) but that's ultimately up to the individual distributors and I haven't heard yet if the UK has settled on a firm date. I should probably pay more attention to this stuff but that's totally on the other end of the process than what I mostly do at XYZ so it's my partners that are hands on with those details ...

Damien F. ThornDecember 10, 2013 12:36 AM

Will it hit VOD too? For us people on the other side of the world?

PD: Cheers to Twitch from a fan in Bolivia!

Shelagh M. Rowan-LeggDecember 10, 2013 6:46 AM

Britt Marling has become one of my favourite screenwriters & actors in the past few years, a truly original voice in contemporary sci-fi-esque films. ANOTHER EARTH was fantastic. High hopes for her & Cahill's film.

Todd BrownDecember 10, 2013 9:16 AM

Yeah, Sony has South American rights so it should be available for you.