Lionsgate Nabs Sundance Opener “Blindspotting”

Lionsgate has bought global distribution rights to Sundance Film Festival opening night feature “Blindspotting” which deals with race relations in Oakland, California.

Daveed Diggs stars as a man on the last days of his parole. He moves boxes out of houses with his friend (Rafael Casal) and navigates a series of tense situations in their neighborhood involving race and violence.

Diggs and Casal co-wrote the script after working on it for a decade, while first-time feature director Carlos Lopez Estrada helms. The film will receive a wide release from Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films and Summit Entertainment label later this year. The likes of CBS Films, Neon, The Orchard and MoviePass were all reportedly circling the project.

Only a few films have sold at the fest so far – “Assassination Nation,” “Colette,” “Search” and “Hearts Beat Loud” being the most high profile. Two others, “Eighth Grade” & “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” already had distribution. The rest have been divisive and none have really ‘broken out,’ on top of which the failure of last year’s high-profile acquisition “Patti Cake$” has reportedly made buyers nervous.

Source: Variety