Sundance Buzzy “Magazine Dreams” Finally Finds a Home with Searchlight Pictures

It took some time, but buzzy Sundance hit Magazine Dreams, featuring a profound performance from star Jonathan Majors, has landed at Searchlight Pictures.

Elijah Bynum wrote and directed the film about Killian Maddox, an aspiring bodybuilder who abuses steroids in his quest to become an icon in the field. Magazine Dreams premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, earning a standing ovation from the in-person audience.

While the festival wrapped weeks ago, a bidding war broke out between winner Searchlight and Neon, HBO, and Sony Pictures Classics. Deadline, the first to break the news, didn’t report a final figure for the long-awaited deal.

“We are very proud to bring Elijah’s powerful film to the world,” Searchlight presidents Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum said in a joint statement. “Jonathan’s tour-de-force performance, both physically and emotionally, affected us in profound ways.”

The pair confirmed that additional release plans would follow at a later date.

In addition to playing the film’s lead, Majors serves as executive producer through his company Tall Street Productions. Halen Bennett, Taylor Paige, and Mike O’Hearn co-star.

Magazine Dreams joins mockumentary Theater Camp as Searchlight’s two high-profile acquisitions out of the festival. The independent studio paid over $8 million for the drama camp satire starring Ben Platt, Molly Gordon, and Noah Galvin.


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Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.