Suburban Rapper Comedy 'Patti Cake$' Sparks $10M Bidding War at Sundance

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Festival signage is seen at the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street during Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Suburban rapper comedy Patti Cake$ is the latest film to spark a heated bidding war at Sundance. Sources say the film, fronted by newcomer Danielle MacDonald, has crossed the $10 million mark following its world premiere at the festival on Monday.

Annapurna Pictures, Fox Searchlight, Focus Features, The Orchard and Neon are among those distributors who are in hot pursuit of the hip-hop inspired film. If Megan Ellison's Annapurna prevails, it would mark the first film it has acquired since announcing that it was moving into the distribution space.

MacDonald plays an aspiring rapper from New Jersey named Patricia “Killa P” Dombrowski in the film, which marks the feature directing debut of Geremy Jasper, who also wrote the screenplay.

Jasper is known for his edgy music videos for acts like Florence + The Machine and Selena Gomez.

WME is negotiating the deal, which will come close to or possibly eclipse Saturday night's deal for The Big Sick. Amazon paid $12 million for that film.

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