Dern (“Marriage Story”) and Jupe (“A Quiet Place”) will lead, while “Doctor Strange” star Cumberbatch appears in a supporting role.
Kurzel’s last work, “Nitram,” was nominated for the Palme d’Or.
Set in the near future, “Morning” is set in a society that has evolved beyond the need for sleep thanks to a new drug and artificial sun.
Ambitious Cathy (played by Dern) is an early proponent of the new normal – until her husband Frank (Cumberbatch) dies. As her sleepless world crumbles around her, her memories begin to affect her waking hours. Meanwhile, her son Danny (Jupe), part of a new generation that never sleeps, is drawn into a “subversive underworld of dreamers” who begin to rebel. to try to win back their dreams. Cathy must fight to get her son back and deal with nightmares.
Sales will start at EFM with HanWay Films handle international sales and distribution. CAA Media Finance and UTA Independent Film Group are co-grossing in the US.
A story about “human connection, productivity and the power of dreams and memories to inspire change”, “Morning” is based on a screenplay by Sam Steiner, produced by SunnyMarch, the company produced by Cumberbatch and producer Adam Ackland. .
“Morning is a playful, reflective, and challenging story about a reality not far from ours, where productivity preoccupations have destroyed our ability to connect, grieve, and love. us,” Ackland said in a statement. “We can’t wait to see the incredibly talented cast and creative team led by Justin, Laura and Noah bring Sam’s brilliant original script to life.”
HanWay Films CEO Gabrielle Stewart added: “’Morning’ raises a lot of questions for us as people with ambitions, hopes, emotions and dreams, and it’s exciting. when debating what sleep means to our existence and to our souls. What would we be like if we never dreamed? It also contains the rebellious spirit of youth over the choice of parents. ‘Morning’ is provocative, moving, manipulative… and it has a great team behind it. “
Ackland produced with SunnyMarch’s head of film, Leah Clarke. The Cumberbatch executive produced along with Dern and Lemons (through their banner Jaywalker Pictures) and Marnie Podos.
Kurzel’s previous collaborators – cinematographer Adam Arkapaw (“True Detective”) and costume designer Alice Babidge (“Nitram”) – also signed on to the project.
Dern and Kurzel are represented by the CAA and Jupe are represented by the CAA, Grandview and The Artist Partnership. Cumberbatch and SunnyMarch are represented by UTA. Steiner is represented by Under New Mgmt and the CAA.
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