Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s ‘Fast Color’ Picked Up by Lionsgate’s Codeblack

Julia Hart directed and co-wrote with her husband Jordan Horowitz (“La La Land”)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s “Fast Color,” directed by Julia Hart, has been acquired by Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films, the distributor announced Thursday.

“La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz wrote and produced alongside Hart under their Original Headquarters label. Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon also produced and fully financed the film under their LD Entertainment banner.

“Fast Color” will hit theaters on March 29, 2019 and Codeblack will release in partnership with AMC Independent. The two companies previously partnered for the release of “Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain.”

“Fast Color” tells the story of a woman who is forced to go on a run when her superhuman powers are discovered. However, years later, the only place left to hide is her home. Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney, Christopher Denham and David Strathairn also star.

“‘Fast Color’ is a powerful and original superhero movie featuring amazing performances,” said Codeblack Films president Jeff Clanagan. “It’s great to reunite with the incredibly talented producers behind two iconic Lionsgate properties and to partner once more with AMCi in delivering great storytelling to our diverse audiences.”

“We’re thrilled to collaborate again with Lionsgate and their partners at Codeblack,” added Horowitz and Liddell. “‘Fast Color’ brings together a compelling story, a great cast, and terrific partners. Julia turns the focus onto a new kind of superhero that we believe many viewers can relate to and we can hardly wait to take moviegoers on an exhilarating cinematic ride.”

The deal was negotiated by Codeblack Films’ Clanagan and vice president of acquisitions and development Candice Wilson, along with Jason Constantine, Lionsgate president of acquisitions and co-productions, Eda Kowan, executive vice president, acquisitions and co-productions, and Elizabeth Elliott, senior vice president, business & legal affairs.

“Fast Color” first premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival in March.