Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to writer and director Radha Blank’s The 40-Year-Old Version. Blank received the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival for the movie, which will debut in theaters and on Netflix later this year.
Marking Blank’s feature film directorial debut, The 40-Year-Old Version is officially described as follows:
“Nearing 40 and still struggling as a playwright, frustrated New Yorker Radha turns to a different kind of stage, awakening a rapper alter-ego named RadhaMUSprime. As her revitalized artistic voice blossoms, Radha must learn to juggle her two personas—and two unique New York art scenes.
“In her debut feature, writer-director Radha Blank plays the deeply personal lead role, a magnetic presence with a unique perspective, creating a film that is a fresh addition to the New York City slice-of-life canon.”
In addition to Blank, the cast includes Peter Y. Kim, Oswin Benjamin, Reed Birney, Imani Lewis, and TJ Atoms.
The producers are Lena Waithe, Jordan Fudge, Radha Blank, Inuka Bacote-Capiga, Jennifer Semler, and Rishi Rajani.
“It took years of trying to get this film made,” said Blank. “It’s my love letter to NY and its struggling artists as well as the NY artistic institutions that raised me – Hip Hop and Theater. I made this film in the spirit of the great NY auteurs who came before me but from an angle not often seen. I’m so very proud of the artisans, many from New York, who helped me craft this movie with such loving and capable hands.”
She added: “As a new member of the Netflix family, I’m excited about the global audience that this film will reach. I hope it will spark the next generation of fearless filmmakers in ANY part of the world. I’m thrilled that this came together with Netflix.”