Miramax has paid a reported roughly $2 million for North American rights to director Richard Tanne’s well-received Sundance romantic-drama, “Southside With You,” the lighthearted drama that follows a young Barack Obama and future First Lady Michelle Robinson on their first date, during the summer of 1989.
Miramax will partner with Roadside Attractions on the theatrical release of the IM Global backed film, which made its World Premiere at January’s Sundance Film Festival were it drew rave reviews.
The actor who plays Barack Obama in that film, relative newcomer Parker Sawyers, has landed the male lead role opposite Rebecca Breeds in NBC’s drama pilot “Miranda’s Rights,” which hails from Katie Lovejoy and John Glenn.
The hour-long legal drama follows an idealistic group of lawyers who work and live together as they build their own start-up firm. Sawyers has signed up to play Tanner, who is described as charming and confident, and one of the founders of the firm. He’s also titled character Miranda’s ex (Miranda will be played by Breeds). Tanner teams up with four other young lawyers to start up a law firm, and offers Miranda a job, which causes some drama for him, since Lana, his current fiancée, is also one of the start-up attorneys.
Jennifer Getzinger is directing the pilot. Should NBC like the pilot, it’ll be ordered to series likely for the 2016/2017 TV season.
Before then, catch Mr. Sawyers in “Southside With You” later this summer when it hits theaters.