Screen Media Nabs Susan Sarandon's Assisted Suicide Drama 'Blackbird'

Blackbird - TIFF - Publicity - H 2019
Courtesy of TIFF

Roger Michell's feature also stars Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska and Sam Neill and bowed at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

Screen Media has picked up North American rights to Roger Michell’s doctor-assisted suicide drama Blackbird, which stars Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska, Sam Neill, Rainn Wilson and Bex Taylor-Klaus.

The feature, which bowed at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, is set for a September release. Screen Media will also release the film in select international territories after acquiring it from Millennium Media.

Blackbird centers on Lily (Sarandon), a family matriarch battling ALS, as she says goodbye to her family.

“It should come as no surprise with a cast as renown as the one in Blackbird, and under the direction of Roger Michell, that this film is incredibly engaging and moving but also with moments of humor as it examines the messiness of living,” Seth Needle, senior vp global acquisitions and co-productions at Screen Media, said Tuesday in a statement.

Needle and Mike Messina, executive vp distribution at Screen Media, negotiated the deal with Jeffrey Greenstein and Jonathan Yunger, co-presidents at Millennium Media, on behalf of the filmmakers. Yunger and Greenstein continue to handle foreign sales.