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Sony buys Hess film | Preston Citizen

Sony buys Hess film

February 8, 2013


Citizen editor

Jared and Jerusha Hess knocked it out of the ballbark again at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The first time Preston’s Jared Hess and his wife, Jerusha, took Napoleon Dynamite to the Sundance Film Festival the film was a hit with audiences and critics alike. As Jared took center stage, his wife and co-writer Jerusha was on his arm.

This time it was Jerusha that shined with her directing debut. The performance of Austenland sold out every night in Park City. Jared was listed as the assistant director.

Most, if not all the reviews online and in print, have been very positive.

Sony Pictures World Wide Acquisitions purchased the film rights as their first buy of the film festival at a reported $4 million.

Jerusha contacted author Shannon Hale, of Salt Lake City, about possibly doing a movie project using one of her books. She sent her Austenland. Hess read it and thought it would lend itself to a movie. Hale contacted friend Stephanie Meyer, who wrote the Twilight series and that’s all it took.

This story is sponsored by Beckstead Real Estate.

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