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Sundance: David Gordon Green jumps back to indie in ‘Prince Avalanche’

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"When the film came out, instead of the phone going silent, Sony called," Green recalls. "They opened a sound stage full of Lexuses and said, ‘Go get one.’ That film was bizarrely successful: It’s referenced in rap lyrics, it got a Golden Globe nomination and there’s a smoothie named for it in Austin."

"Prince Avalanche" was acquired at Sundance on Wednesday by Magnolia Pictures, and the company said it is eyeing a summer theatrical release.

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Though he enjoyed the low-key atmosphere of "Prince," Green remains someone who says, "My ambition is absurd, ridiculous, it has no bounds," and his list of future projects reflects that.

Next is "Joe," a dark drama taken from the Larry Brown novel and starring Nicolas Cage. After that, Green is developing a feature version of "Little House on the Prairie" for producer Scott Rudin.

"It’ll be my John Ford-"Grapes of Wrath"-Americana movie written by the woman (Abi Morgan) who wrote ‘Shame,’" Green says, referring to the 2011 NC-17 movie starring Michael Fassbender about a man with a sexual addiction.

As we exchange goodbyes, Green says, "It’s been a roller-coaster." It certainly has. And it shows no signs of slowing down soon.

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