Utopia and Sumerian have secured the international rights to Eddie Alcazar‘s (Perfect) sci-fi thriller Divinity following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where it wowed audiences and critics alike.
Written and directed by Alcazar and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Contagion), and starring Stephen Dorff, Moises Arias, Jason Genao, Michael O’Hearn, Karrueche Tran, Emily Willis, Scott Bakula and Bella Thorne, Divinity explores the human psyche around immortality, desire and fertility. Set in an otherworldly human reality, scientist Sterling Pierce (Bakula) has dedicated his entire life to the quest for immortality, working his way towards a breakthrough serum called “Divinity”. His son, Jaxxon Pierce (Dorff), now oversees and manufactures his father’s once benevolent dream. Society on this barren planet has been perverted by the supremacy of the drug, whose true origins are shrouded in mystery. Two mysterious brothers arrive with a plan to kidnap the mogul, and with the help of a seductive woman named Nikita (Tran), they are set on a path to true immortality.
Commenting on the acquisition, Alcazar said, “I’m grateful to work with such forward thinking distributors like Utopia and Sumerian. I believe more audiences are looking to re-appreciate the art of film these days and having a company like Utopia/Sumerian support unique cinematic visions and take them to the big screen is a dream come true.”
Soderbergh added: “This is the best possible outcome imaginable and I’m VERY impressed and excited by how Utopia/Sumerian approached this deal. It all happened quickly and they have a bold, clear vision of how to get DIVINITY in front of a worldwide audience. The future starts now!”
The deal was negotiated by CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers and Danielle DiGiacomo and Ryan Anthony Menge on behalf of Utopia & Sumerian.
Utopia plans to release the film exclusively in cinemas this Fall, with a release date expected to be announced soon.