Netflix in Talks to Acquire Radha Blank’s Sundance Title, ‘The 40-Year-Old Version’

Radha Blank appears in The 40-Year-Old Version by Radha Blank, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jeong Park.

Netflix is reportedly in final talks to close a worldwide deal for the distribution of Radha Blank‘s Sundance premiering “The 40-Year-Old Version.” 

According to Deadline, Blank’s loosely autobiographical debut feature about a playwright down on her luck and heading toward the stigmas of aging as an artist is reportedly selling for a mid to high seven figure closing deal. The title’s sales are being handled by Endeavor Content.

The feature is shot on 35mm black-and-white film by cinematographer Eric Branco (“Clemency,” “Emerald City”).

Blank writes, directs and stars in the lead role of this film, which was selected for development back at Sundance’s 2017 Screenwriters and Directors labs. blank has also written for television, including “She’s Gotta Have It” and “Empire.” Blank is a New Yorker and playwright, dipping her creativity in a story that has been recieving good critical praise out of the snowy mountains of Sundance.

For The Wrap, film critic Candice Frederick writes, ” Blank’s on-screen alter ego speaks to an audience that is also at a crossroads in their lives and struggling to make sense of it and find the motivation to change direction. That’s where the film truly soars, not with the excess plotlines that only hold it back. Giving credit where credit is due, though, Blank’s filmmaking debut is a fresh, honest, entertaining, yet flawed look at a black artist — both Radha and Blank herself — in the process of defining herself. It’s invigorating to see.”

“The 40-Year-Old Version” also stars Peter Y. Kim, Oswin Benjamin, Reed Birney, Imani Lewis and TJ Atoms. It premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival Jan. 25 at the Library Center Theatre in Park City. It competed in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

Producers on the film are Lena Waithe, Jordan Fudge, Radha Blank, Inuka Bacote-Capiga, Jennifer Semler and Rishi Rajani.

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