A24 has secured the U.S. rights to “Sing Sing,” a drama featuring Colman Domingo that had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The film, directed by Greg Kwedar, revolves around the real-life Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) program, operating within the Sing Sing prison, where incarcerated individuals produce and perform in stage productions.
The story focuses on the friendship between RTA alumni John “Divine G” Whitfield, portrayed by Domingo, and Clarence “Divine Eye” Maclin, who plays himself, as they collaborate on an original production.
Notably, the ensemble cast includes formerly incarcerated performers who went through the RTA program, showcasing the authenticity of the project. The film was financed and produced by Black Bear, the Marfa Peach Company, and Edith Productions, with the screenplay penned by Clint Bentley, Brent Buell, and Kwedar.
“The film has an unhurried pace that some might find taxing. But patient audiences will find the experience rewarding, especially as the film invites independent research about the program and the filmmaking team’s own ethical production model,” according to The Hollywood Reporter’s review.
CAA Media Finance handled the deal negotiations for the filmmakers, while Black Bear is responsible for selling international territories. This news comes as the Toronto festival continues, with various film deals taking place, including Netflix acquiring the rights to Anna Kendrick’s directorial debut, “Woman of the Hour.”