Amazon Studios Acquires ‘Sound of Metal,’ Starring Riz Ahmed

Amazon Studios have just closed a U.S. distribution rights deal for Darius Marder‘s “Sound of Metal,” starring Riz Ahmed. The film follows the story of a heavy metal drummer who begins to lose his hearing, suffering on the drums through every ringing of the ears. The film also stars Olivia Cooke, Mathieu Amalric, Lauren Ridloff and Paul Raci.

Amazon Studios plan to distribute the film theatrically. Deadline broke the news. The source also reports NEON was at one point in talks to bid for the film among other distributors. The deal was finalized as TIFF continues. Some of Amazon’s films that have premiered in Toronto this year include “The Aeronauts,” starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, and “The Report,” a political drama starring Adam Driver and Annette Benning.

Ahmed was recently seen alongside Tom Hardy in Sony’s “Venom” as Carlton Drake. He also starred in Netflix’s fantasy mystery series, “The OA.” Ahmed’s other projects include “Una,” “Nightcrawler” and “The Sisters Brothers.” He is a Golden Globe nominee, a recognition that came with his lead performance in the BBC limited series, “The Night Of.”

“Sound of Metal” is Marder’s first narrative feature. He directed the documentary “Loot” about two men who looted war treasures and search for them after so many decades. Marder co-wrote the script for Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines.” He co-writes his new film with Abraham Marder.

Marder’s “Sound of Metal” is produced by Caviar’s Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, alongside Kathy Benz and Bill Benz. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales. The film will screen at Zurich Film Festival next on September 27.

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