The Orchard confirmed today that the studio will release director Alex Lehmann’s narrative feature debut Blue Jay in theaters this October. The film stars Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson. The Duplass Brothers’ film will make its big premiere next month at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
The Orchard, which picked up worldwide theatrical and ancillary distribution rights to the film, will also do a theatrical release during awards-qualifying season on October 7, 2016. The film will later be released digitally on October 11.
If you are new to the project, Blue Jay is the first film to be produced under the Duplass Brothers’ four-picture deal with Netflix. If you are a Netflix subscriber, you will get a chance to catch the film later this year on the service.
Mark Duplass, who previously collaborated with Alex Lehmann as the producer of his documentary ASPERGER’S ARE US, wrote the screenplay to Blue Jay. His documentary is also slated for release this fall. Fans of Sarah Paulson will remember that she was just nominated for an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in the hit FX mini-series “The People v. OJ Simpson: An American Crime Story.”
BLUE JAY was produced by Mel Eslyn and Xan Aranda. The film is a romantic drama that follows stars Duplass and Paulson, who are former high school sweethearts. They return to their tiny California hometown and meet by chance, reflecting on their shared past through the lens of their differently dissatisfied presents.
Alex Lehmann commented, “It’s an honor to be premiering another collaboration with Mark. His and Sarah’s performances are beyond captivating, drawing us not only into the story but deeper within ourselves.”
“We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Jay and Mark with such a moving and affecting drama,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP, Film and Television. “The performances from Mark and Sarah are amazing and we are excited to share the film with audiences first in Toronto and then beyond.”
The deal was negotiated with The Orchard by ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.