Sundance: Lionsgate Nabs World Rights to 'Blindspotting'

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'Blindspotting'

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal wrote and star in the hip-hop-flavored buddy comedy, set in a rapidly gentrifying Oakland.

Lionsgate has picked up worldwide rights to Blindspotting, the race relations drama that opened the Sundance Film Festival.

Terms of the acquisition deal for Carlos Lopez Estrada’s debut feature between Lionsgate and WME were not disclosed. Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films and the studio's Summit Entertainment label plan a theatrical release in late 2018.

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal wrote and star in the hip-hop-flavored buddy comedy, set in a rapidly gentrifying Oakland, California. The movie was produced by Keith Calder and Jess Calder of Snoot Entertainment, which also financed the film. Diggs and Casal are also producers on the film.

"We’re excited to be teaming again with Keith and Jess and to be reunited with Daveed, who recently starred in our worldwide box-office hit Wonder,” Jason Constantine, Lionsgate president of acquisitions & co-productions, said Wednesday in a statement.

Blindspotting tells the story of Collin (Diggs), who needs to make it through his last three days of probation for a chance at a new start, but his fast-talking childhood bestie, Miles (Casal), is a magnet for trouble. When Collin’s final countdown is interrupted by a life-changing missed curfew, their friendship is forced out of its comfortable existence and onto a spiraling collision course.

Estrada is repped by UTA; Diggs is with Brookside Artist Management and WME; and Casal is repped by Innovative Artists. The Sundance deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Constantine; Eda Kowan, executive vp acquisitions and co-productions; John Biondo, executive vp business & legal affairs, acquisitions and co-productions; and Elizabeth Hopkins, senior vp business & legal affairs, acquisitions and co-productions.

Endeavor Content and Erik Hyman of Loeb and Loeb negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. Updated to indicate Lionsgate acquired worldwide rights to the film.