Obama Romance Movie ‘Southside With You’ Selling to Miramax, Roadside Attractions

Richard Tanne wrote and directed the film, which stars Parker Sawyers as Barack and Tika Sumpter as Michelle

Southside With You
"Southside With You"

Following a successful partnership on “Mr. Holmes,” Miramax and Roadside Attractions are nearing a low-seven-figure deal to acquire the Obama romance movie “Southside With You,” an individual familiar with the negotiations have told TheWrap.

Richard Tanne wrote and directed the film, which will likely receive a wide release this summer. The movie premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival, where it earned enthusiastic reviews.

Set in Chicago in 1989, “Southside With You” chronicles the first date between future U.S. President Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and future First Lady Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter).

Stuart Ford‘s IM Global financed the film and is selling international rights in Berlin. They company is also involved in negotiating the domestic deal along with WME Global

“Southside With You” was produced by Robert Teitel, Sumpter and Tanne, and executive produced by Ford, Matt Jackson, Glendon Palmer, Mike Jackson, Carrie Holt De Lama, Tracey Bing and John Legend, the latter of whom also sings an original song over the end credits.