Good news from The Hollywood Reporter:
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Kill Your Darlings for just south of $2 million, according to sources.The deal is for U.S. and Australian, New Zealand, South African, African TV, and Eastern European rights. The film from director John Krokidas is screening at Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section.
“This is an amazing movie, a great American drama, thriller, and perfect evocation of New York in the 1940′s as you have never seen on screen before,’ SPC said in a statement. “With an ensemble cast that is truly mind-blowing led by Daniel Radcliffe in a profoundly moving performance as Allen Ginsberg, we are witnessing the birth of a major new American filmmaker.”
Dan is certainly no stranger to roles that stir up unwarranted controversy in the press: December Boys, Equus and the recent A Young Doctor’s Notebook have all made headlines because of their content. Not because the content is particularly shocking – but because the actor involved is the face of one of the most successful film franchises in history.
Kill Your Darlings premiered at the Sundance film festival last Friday to rave reviews of Dan and the film, but unfortunately, that seems to have been lost in the reaction to sex scenes involving Dan’s character, Allen Ginsberg.
Dan has spoken to Esquire about the reaction to the scenes, and how he feels it’s not the scenes that are shocking. “It’s shocking by the sheer fact that it’s me. Otherwise, it’s entirely unshocking that I’m playing Allen Ginsberg in a film about self and sexual discovery, and there’s a sex scene.”
Dan appears somewhat amused by it all, and says that friends have been texting him amusing quotes from reviews.
For more from the interview, including thoughts on franchise actors transitioning to indie films (and vice versa), and on how bizarre he finds gifting suites (“I have a phone. I’m not looking for a new one no matter how glamourous it may be”), read the full feature at Esquire.
There’s also a lovely interview with Vulture, in which Dan discusses his friendship with Dane and how the two of them want to win the Golden Popcorn for the MTV Best Kiss, and how John Krokidas gave him what was probably his favourite direction of his career. You can read that here.
Dan has spoken to Out Magazine about his role as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, explaining that the film is “about young love in whatever form it takes”, and that they were careful to make sure there was no distinctions between how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love.
“The relationship between Allen [Ginsberg] and Lucien [Carr], I think is incredibly universal—you meet somebody who is far more confident, far more charismatic, and seemingly more intelligent than you, and you completely fall in love with them, and then you actually outgrow them, and they come to resent you for it. I think that’s the whole point of relationships is that they do absolutely move you on as a person, and you learn things about yourself as a person, things you like and don’t like, and things you can do better next time you are with somebody.”
To read the full interview, click here.
BBC News has published an excellent interview with Dan and his experience of filming Kill Your Darlings. Thank you to GRA’s Carole for the link.
In other news, Variety Studio has released their video interview with Dan, director John Krokidas, and the cast of Kill Your Darlings, and you can watch it here.
Finally, CTV eTalk have uploaded their interview with Dan from the 2012 Whistler Film Festival, and you can watch it below (via IMDB)
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