WarnerMedia Takes New Zealand Doc 'There Is No I In Threesome' as HBO Max Original

'There is No I in Threesome'
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'There is No I in Threesome'

The highly intimate film follows an engaged young couple who decide to open up their relationship to others before tying the knot.

WarnerMedia has picked up the intimate, sexually themed New Zealand-made documentary There is No I in Threesome.

The film will have its world premiere at the WarnerMedia Lodge at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, followed by a streaming release on Feb. 11, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

There is No I in Threesome is directed by Jan Oliver Lucks who also co-wrote and stars in the film alongside co-writer Natalie Medlock. It is produced by Alexander Behse and Alex Reed.

The film is described as a "modern-day love story, exploring the ups, downs and surprises of an open relationship." It follows Zoe and Ollie, a young couple in love who are freshly engaged but maintaining a long-distance relationship. Sexually explorative and in a daze of pre-marital bliss, the pair decide to throw traditional rules out the window by opening up their relationship to others before tying the knot. The couple documents their unconventional and intimate journey into non-monogamy, but when relationship lines blur, they are forced to face the dramatic implications of their decision.

Said director Jan Oliver Lucks: “Making this film over the last five years has been one wild, slippery, ride (I will never look at hot-water bottles the same way). I am thrilled that we can now finally share the journey, offering a voyeuristic look at the fun to be had when opening up a relationship. Bring your mum, but don’t tell mine!”

There is No I in Threesome was made with investment from the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and Monsoon Pictures International with additional private equity. It was initially developed with the assistance of the NZFC and Script to Screen. The HBO Max deal was negotiated by Cinetic Media and Autlook Film Sales.

Added producer Alex Reed: “There is No I in Threesome is a glimpse into the most private part of a couple's lives and to do this well we asked for a lot of vulnerability from them. Working closely with an intimacy co-ordinator made the process safe for everyone and ultimately resulted in more freedom of expression rather than restriction because it was all about trust and everyone involved respected that."

“I would like to congratulate the filmmakers,” says NZFC CEO, Annabelle Sheehan.  “This is a highly personal film and having it release as an Original on HBO Max gives it the potential to trigger important conversations about the nature and complexity of 21st-century relationships.”

Watch the trailer below.