EXCLUSIVE: Shout! Factory has acquired North American distribution rights to The Ticket, which had its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Ido Fluk and written by Fluk and Sharon Mashihi, the film stars Downton Abbey and Beauty and the Beast‘s Dan Stevens in a story about a blind man who inexplicably regains his vision and becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements — a nicer home, a higher-paying job, tailored suits, luxury car — leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his plain wife (Malin Akerman) and close friend Bob (Oliver Platt).
The film, which screened at the Hampton Film Festival over the weekend, was produced by Lawrence Inglee, Oren Moverman, William L. Walton and Matthew Malek. It is a Blackbird Production in association with Rush River Entertainment, Cave Pictures and Initiate Productions. The Ticket also stars Kerry Bishé (Halt And Catch Fire, Argo).
The announcement comes on the heels of Sony Pictures Classics acquiring rights to Richard Gere’s Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, which also stars Stevens and is also produced by Moverman and Inglee.
“We’re excited to be a part of Shout! Factory’s new push into the theatrical space with meaningful, envelope-pushing films,” Fluk said in a statement to Deadline. “In Shout! we’ve found a real home and new partners who are as passionate about the film as the people who made it.”
Specifically, Shout! Factory has secured all North American distribution rights to the film including theatrical, VOD, digital, broadcast and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in U.S. and Canada.
The deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by WME Entertainment and Preferred Content with Jordan Fields of Shout! Factory. Fluk is repped by APA and Echo Lake Entertainment.