As it’s becoming increasingly common, movies that air in Sundance Film Festival and/or TIFF are striking deals with streaming companies for its distribution with limited theatrical releases. The last one of them has been ‘Troop Zero.’
The movie premiered at Sundance in January and was welcomed by critics, netting a 73 % score at Rotten Tomatoes. The movie will also play in the soon-to-come AFI Festival. ‘Troop Zero’ official Twitter account made its release date announcement, which will be January 17:
— Troop Zero (@TroopZeroMovie) November 11, 2019
‘Troop Zero’ has followed a similar path than ‘The Report,’ the political thriller helmed by Scott Z. Burns. The Adam Driver-led film premiered at Sundance, struck a $14 million deal with Amazon, and will start streaming on Prime Video on November 29.
The film is the first Amazon Prime Video original to receive an official release date in 2020. ‘Troop Zero’ comes from UK filmmaking duo Bert & Bertie, and follows the story of a “misfit girl in 1977 rural Georgia who dreams of making contact with outer space. When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond.”
The movie has an exceptional cast led by two Academy Award Winners, Viola Davis, and Allison Janney; who are joined by Mckenna Grace, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Epps, Edi Patterson, and Charlie Shotwell. Milan Ray, Johanna Colón and Bella Higginbotham will make their film debuts.
The movie was written by Lucy Alibar, who received an Oscar nomination for her script for ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild.’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Alex Siskin and Steve Tisch produced the film.