Sony Nabs U.S. Rights to Winston Duke’s Fantasy Drama Nine Days

Sony Pictures Classic has successfully landed the North American theatrical distribution rights to commercial director Edson Oda’s upcoming feature directorial debut Nine Days, a fantasy drama which follows five human souls, who will have a chance to be born in the real world. Starring Winston Duke and Zazie Beetz, the film had its world premiere last month at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where Oda won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.

“Nine Days is one of those rare movies that will have a long life and stand the test of time,” Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “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.”

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Set in a house, distant from the reality we know, Nine Days tells the story of a reclusive man named Will, who conducts a series of interviews with human souls for a chance 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.

The film stars Winston Duke (Black Panther, Us) as Will, Emmy nominee Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2,Joker) as Emma and Bill Skarsgard (It: Chapter 2) as Kane, Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) as Kyo, Emmy winner Tony Hale (Veep) as Alexander, and David Rysdahl (The Revival) as Mike.

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Nine Days is written and directed by Edson Oda. It is produced by Datari Turner, Matthew Lindner, Jason Michael Berman, David Horwitch, Mette-Marie Kongsved and Laura Tunstall. The film is a co-production among Juniper Productions, MACRO, Mandalay Pictures and Nowwhere. Executive producers are Charles D. King, Kim Roth, Gus Deardoff, Kellon Akeem, Yandy Smith, Renée Frigo, Beth Hubbard, Trevor Groth, Winston Duke, Caroline Connor, Will Raynor, Mark C. Stevens, Mark G. Mathis, Kwesi Collisson, Larry Weinberg, George A. Loucas, Michelle Craig and Piero Frescobaldi.


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