Sony Pictures Classics announced today has acquired all worldwide rights from Dogwoof to Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song following its launch at Venice and Telluride.
The film will receive a North American theatrical release in 2022 and explores the legendary poet and singer-songwriter through the lens of arguably his most famous work, ‘Hallelujah’. Cohen approved production before his 80th birthday in 2014. He died in 2016.
Geller and Goldfine also produced the project, inspired by Alan Light’s book ‘The Holy Or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & The Unlikely Ascent Of Hallelujah’. Jonathan Dana and Morgan Neville served as executive producers with Michael Drews and Robin Sagon. The late Hal Willner served as music producer and composed the original score.
The documentary includes with Rufus Wainwright, Brandi Carlile, Judy Collins, Regina Spektor, Amanda Palmer, and Eric Church, among others, who have all covered ‘Hallelujah’. Larry “Ratso” Sloman, a former Rolling Stone reporter and longtime interviewer of Cohen, shares previously unheard and unedited tapes of interviews between 1974 and 2005.
Sony Pictures Classics and Dogwoof worked together On The LOST LEONARDO, which opened theatrically this year, as well as 2019 documentary Maiden.
- Separately Screen Media has acquired North American rights to Manny Perez’s crime thriller La Soga Salvation following its TIFF premiere last month. Perez and Steven Beer of Lewis Brisbois negotiated with the buyer.