Annapurna announced Thursday that it has picked up the Sundance telemarketer drama “Sorry to Bother You,” which is the directorial debut of Boots Riley and produced by Forest Whitaker’s Significants Productions, the studio behind Ryan Coogler’s debut feature film, “Fruitvale Station,”
The film follows a black telemarketer in Oakland with self-esteem issues who finds a magical secret to success that sends him soaring up the ranks in his company. But as he rises, he discovers a dark secret behind his company’s M.O., forcing him to choose between holding on to his newfound gains or siding with his activist friends and speak truth to power. Annapurna’s statement regards to their latest purchase was simple: “We f**king love this movie”
LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Danny Glover, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, and Steven Yeun star in the film, with Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi of Significant Productions are producing the film with Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams, George Rush, and “Fences” producer Charles D. King. Endeavor Content negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with Chris Corabi of Annapurna, with the price tag reported to be in the low-mid seven-digit range.
Boots Riley is represented by Jonathan Gardner at Cohen Gardner LLP.