Sundance: ‘Blinded By the Light’ Sells to New Line

The power of Bruce Springsteen as a cultural icon endures to this day. Just a few months ago, Netflix released a filmed version of the “Springsteen on Broadway” one-man show to strong reviews. The musician continues to hold a special place in the minds of Americans, and his style still speaks to the moment. Still, his heyday undeniably came in the 1980s and now a film has sought to capture that feeling. However, rather than telling a traditional story about a working-class white kid falling in love with “The Boss” and his music, “Blinded By the Light” has a very different protagonist. Instead, the film will follow a British and Pakistani teenager. The new film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and found itself distribution.

According to Variety, New Line Cinemas made the move to acquire the film for $15 million. Gurinder Chadha directs the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Paula Mayeda Berges and Sarfraz Manzoor. She gained attention for her surprise hit “Bend It Like Beckham” back in 2002 and has worked on several movies since then. The story for high flying bird comes from Manzoor, and his adaptation of his memoir “Greetings from Bury Park,” which released in 2007.

Chadha’s new film feels very much of a piece with “Dumplin’,”Sing Street,” and other films focused on music with feel-good vibes. The fun cast features Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Kulvinder Ghir, Nell Williams, and Aaron Phagura. The deal made “Blinded By the Light” became the biggest sale at Sundance this year. If there’s any luck, late summer or early fall release may propel the film into the awards discussion.

What do you think of “Blinded By the Light” being acquired by New Line? Do you think this could be the feel-good hit of the year? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below! 

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