Sony Pictures Classics have acquired distribution rights to Edson Oda‘s Sundance title, “Nine Days.” The sci-fi drama stars Winston Duke (“Us”) and Zazie Beetz (“Joker”). It debuted at Sundance Film Festival with a world premiere screening and has found a home in the distributor which last year released “Little Women,” “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood” and “Pain and Glory.”
The synopsis for “Nine Days” reads:
Set in a house distant from the reality we know, Nine Days tells the story of a reclusive man named Will (Duke) who interviews prospective candidates—personifications of human souls—for the privilege he once had: to be born. Five contenders emerge, and during the course of Nine Days, Will tests each of them, but he can choose only one. The victor will be rewarded with a coveted opportunity to become a newborn in the real world, while the others will cease to exist—Nine Days is everything they’ll ever experience.
Oda both writes and directs his feature debut. At Sundance, the film was awarded the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired distribution for the film in North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, India, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa, Benelux, Thailand, and on all airlines worldwide.
“Nine Days” features two of the industry’s most promising actors as they dive into a philosophical feature that was well-received out of Utah. Duke is known for his roles in Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” He further broke out starring alongside Lupita Nyong’o in Jordan Peele’s “Us.” Beetz is known for starring in the FX series, “Atlanta,” as well as “Deadpool 2,” “Steven Soderbergh’s “High Flying Bird” and more recently in Todd Phillips’ “Joker.” Oda’s film also stars Benedict Wong, Bill Skarsgård and Tony Hale.
“Nine Days is one of those rare movies that will have a long life and stand the test of time,” said Sony Pictures Classics. “It’s about alternate realities—Black Mirror on the big screen, with touches of Wings of Desire and The Matrix. It offers surprises galore and marks the birth of a major filmmaker. We are excited to be introducing Nine Days to audiences around the world.”
“I grew up watching and admiring countless Sony Pictures Classics’ movies,” said Oda. “So many of their films—and the filmmakers they supported—ignited my passion for cinema and also propelled me to become a filmmaker. I’m so happy, humbled and honored to be working with them and can’t wait to share Nine Days with the world.”
The project is produced by Jason Michael Berman of Mandalay Pictures (“The Birth of a Nation,” “Mediterranea,” “Burning Sands”), Mette-Marie Kongsved and Laura Tunstall of Nowhere (“Come To Daddy,” “Boyz In the Wood”), Matthew Lindner of Juniper Productions (“The Birth of a Nation,” “Mediterranea”) and Datari Turner (“Uncorked, “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night,” “LUV”).
The acquisition deal was negotiated by Larry Weinberg of Mandalay Pictures, and 30WEST and CAA Media Finance.