We reported earlier this month that Sony Pictures would be distributing the Sundance hit “Hearts Beat Loud” globally, but that deal did not include North America. This week Gunpowder & Sky confirmed that the company has acquired the North American rights to Brett Haley’s (I’ll See You In My Dreams, The Hero) drama, which is an ode to the bonding powers of music.
Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”, The Little Hours) and Kiersey Clemons (Dope) star as a father and daughter living in Red Hook, Brooklyn who become an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before she leaves for college. The star-studded cast also includes Ted Danson (“The Good Place” and “Fargo”), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents) and Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, “United States of Tara”). Keegan DeWitt, known for having 15 films at Sundance during the past five years as well as for scoring HBO’s “Divorce”, wrote four original songs for this film.
“We are thrilled to partner with Van Toffler and Gunpowder & Sky on our theatrical release,” said filmmaker Brett Haley. “Their vision and passion for the project was apparent, and their team’s expertise with music-driven films make them the ideal distributor to bring our movie to audiences across the country.”
Park Pictures, Burn Later Productions and HK Productions produced the film with Houston King, Sam Bisbee and Sam Slater as producers. Franklin Carson, Paul Bernon, David Bernon, Theodora Dunlap, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Danny Rifkin, Frank Brenner and Nick Offerman Executive Produced.
“Brett masterfully integrates music’s unique ability to bring people together across boundaries and generations,” said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky. “The film’s uplifting spirit, accompanied by killer performances encapsulates life’s twisted emotional journey. We couldn’t be more fired up to work with Brett and the team to take the film out to the audiences.”
The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers and Janet Brown and Jake Hanly negotiating on behalf of Gunpowder & Sky. The film is planned for release in Summer 2018.
This news comes one year after Gunpowder & Sky acquired Sundance’s outrageous comedy of 2017, The Little Hours, which went on to be the top grossing film its opening weekend.
Gunpowder & Sky premiered the RKSS (Turbo Kid) directed, Summer of ‘84 which delivers the camaraderie, adventure, joy and nostalgia of The Goonies and Stand by Me while four boys chase to uncover a mystery. The studio also debuted director Trevor Stevens’ first feature film, Rock Steady Row during Slamdance,