EXCLUSIVE: Relativity is acquiring worldwide rights to Blackbird, which The Secret Life Of Bees helmer Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct from her script. Relativity will finance the film and distribute. Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh is producing with Stephanie Allain. The film is to star Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker and Danny Glover. Blackbird is the story of Noni Jean, a hot new artist who has just won a Grammy and is primed for stardom. But the pressures of success compel her to nearly end her life until she is saved by a young police officer. They fall hard for each other, despite the protests of their parents who want each to focus on their own career ambitions. But he might be the missing piece to unlock her artistic potential.
Relativity president Tucker Tooley is exec producing with Matt Alvarez and Reggie Bythewood. Mbatha-Raw is represented by CAA, Principal Entertainment and Curtis Brown; Parker is repped by WME and ROAR and Glover by ICM Partners and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment.