Sundance: Nick Offerman's Music Movie 'Hearts Beat Loud' Goes to Gunpowder & Sky
Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner and Toni Collette are also featured in Brett Haley's Sundance closer.
Gunpowder & Sky is tuning up a deal to acquire North American rights to the music-filled dramedy Hearts Beat Loud, starring Nick Offerman.
The movie sees the Parks and Recreation alum playing a single Brooklyn dad who forms an unlikely songwriting duo with his college-bound daughter (Kiersey Clemons). Both Offerman and Clemons sing in the film. Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner and Toni Collette round out the cast.
Brett Haley (I'll See You in My Dreams) directed the film from a script he co-wrote with Marc Basch. The film serves as the closing-night film of the Sundance Film Festival in the Premieres section, but it received a rousing reception during a special sneak peek volunteer screening in Sundance on Jan. 18.
“Brett masterfully integrates music's unique ability to bring people together across boundaries and generations,” said Gunpowder & Sky CEO Van Toffler. “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."
Added Haley: “We are thrilled to partner with Van Toffler and Gunpowder & Sky on our theatrical release. 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.”
Houston King, Sam Bisbee and Sam Slater produced through their HK Prods., Park Pictures and Burn Later Prods. banners, respectively. Franklin Carson, Paul Bernon, David Bernon, Theodora Dunlap, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Danny Rifkin, Frank Brenner and Offerman executive produced.
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. The film is planned for a summer 2018 release.
Last year, Gunpowder & Sky acquired the Sundance comedy The Little Hours.
The deal, handled by Endeavor Content, comes on the heels of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition Group snapping up all international rights to the crowd-pleasing film Friday afternoon.