Screen Media International kicks off worldwide sales excluding China here on supernatural neo-noir Stray starring Karen Fukuhara from the Suicide Squad franchise.
The story centres on an orphaned teen who teams up with a detective to investigate her mother’s murder and confront the ghosts of her family’s past.
Screen Media plans a day-and-date North American release for the first half of 2019. Joe Sill’s makes his directorial debut and the cast includes Christine Woods, Ross Partridge, and Japanese singer-songwriter Miyavi.
J.D. Dillard and Alex Theurer co-wrote the screenplay, while the producers are Eric B. Fleischman, Sean Tabibian, Dillard and Theurer.
“With Stray, I wanted to tell a universal story about a struggling family that was inspired by the science-fiction and noir genres that I love — and just so happens to feature Asian characters at the forefront,” said Sill.
“I think it’s important that stories that are more mainstream represent more people of different voices and ethnicities, simply because there aren’t enough of them out there yet.”
“Joe Sill is someone you need to be watching for,” said Screen Media’s Seth Needle. “What he accomplished with Stray – between the mythos, storytelling and the stunning visuals – is mesmerising. Audiences are going to love it.”
Needle negotiated the deal with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.