Focus Features sets Justin Chon’s Blue Bayou for summer 2021 release
Just a few months after acquiring the rights to the drama at the virtual Cannes Film Festival, Focus Features has set a summer 2021 release date for the timely Justin Chon (Gook) written/directed/starring film Blue Bayou, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Written and directed by Chon, who won multiple festival awards for his 2019 written/directed drama Ms. Purple and 2017 written/directed/starring/executive produced project Gook, Blue Bayou stars Chon alongside Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Mark O’Brien (Arrival), Linh Dan Pham and Emory Cohen (Brooklyn).
Blue Bayou tells the heartbreaking story of Antonio LeBlanc, a Korean adoptee raised in the United States who is forced to confront his distant past and what it means for his own future and his family’s when he unexpectedly faces deportation.
“Justin’s ability to open our eyes to new perspectives by celebrating our shared humanity is more vital now than ever before. We’re so proud to help bring his voice to the world and to reunite with Alicia along with the brilliant teams at eOne and MACRO,” Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski previously said in a statement.
The film was financed by MACRO and eOne. Producers are Chon, Charles D. King (Mudbound), Kim Roth (Tigertail), and Poppy Hanks (Sorry To Bother You).
Clara Wu, eOne’s Nick Meyer, Zev Foreman, and Eddie Rubin are executive producers. Greta Fuentes of MACRO and Yira Vilaro are also co-producers. Focus Features will distribute the film in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International will distribute internationally.
(Photo Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images For Sundance)