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A24 has acquired the theatrical distribution rights to “Sing Sing,” five days after the Colman Domingo-starring drama had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The indie banner confirmed the deal on Friday night.
Directed by Greg Kwedar, the film, inspired by the Rehabilitation Through the Arts program at New York’s Sing Sing Correctional Facility, follows a group of inmates who collaborate on theater shows. Domingo, who is also at TIFF with the George C. Wolfe-directed biopic “Rustin” from Netflix, leads “Sing Sing,” which features a cast that includes Paul Raci, who received Academy Award nomination for supporting role in “Sound of Metal,”
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“Sing Sing” is financed and produced by Black Bear, Marfa Peach Company and Edith Productions, with Kwedar collaborating with Clint Bentley and Brent Buell to adapt the script from Buell’s play “Breakin’ the Mummy’s Code.”
CAA Media Finance handled the North American deal, while producer and sponsor Black Bear is still courting buyers in international territories.
In Variety’s review of “Sing Sing,” critic Stephen Saito was effusive in his praise of the film, praising “the deeply empathetic and utterly compelling look it offers at the execution system, where No one should be defined by their past and discarded by society. Saito also emphasized that Domingo’s leading role is a “commanding performance” that is “also captivating in simply taking in information, instinctively recognizing when to cede the spotlight to his co-stars.” His unprofessionalism.”
Deadline first reported on A24’s acquisition of “Sing Sing.”