Amazon Studios has swooped on US rights to TIFF Platform selection Sound Of Metal starring Riz Ahmed and also picked up Midnight Madness entryThe Vast Of Night.
Amazon Studios is looking at a 2020 theatrical release on both titles. At time of writing it had not confirmed what type of theatrical release the films will get in the US – whether they be the two-week run before a launch on Prime Video in the vein of The Report and The Aeronauts, or a longer run.
The streamer did the deal on Sound Of Metal with CAA Media Finance. Ahmed stars alongside Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff and Mathieu Amalric as a heavy metal drummer who reevaluates his life when his hearing begins to fail. Sound Of Metal premiered in Platform last Friday and screens again on Saturday.
Darius Marder, co-writer on The Place Beyond The Pines, directed from a screenplay he wrote with Abraham Marder. Caviar’s Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche produced with Kathy Benz and Bill Benz. Protagonist Pictures handles international sales.
Amazon Studios brokered the deal for The Vast Of Night with Endeavor Content and WME.
Andrew Patterson’s sci-fi receives its Canadian premiere on Thursday night and takes place in early 1950s New Mexico as a switchboard operator and a radio DJ discover a strange frequency. Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz star.
Adam Dietrich, Melissa Kirkendall and James Montague produced, and Eric Williams, Caleb Henry and Marcus Ross served as executive producers. James Montague and Craig Sanger write the screenplay.
The film premiered in Slamdance in January. Amazon Studios was active in Park City that month and spent close to $50m on Sundance acquisitions.