Amblin Partners has acquired film rights to the sci-fi thriller Carrier podcast, created by QCODE and Dan Blank. Blank will also write and direct the film.
Erivo stars as Raylene, a truck driver who accepts an off-the-books long hall trucking assignment to cover for her ill father. She soon realizes that her mysterious cargo is a threat to the world and various forces begin targeting her to control or destroy it.
Erivo will also serve as a producer, along with Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special, Amblin’s upcoming Distant) and QCODE Partner Rob Herting. Fred Berger and David Henning will executive produce.
Amblin Partners’ President of Production Jeb Brody and Creative Executive John Buderwitz will oversee production for the studio.
Carrier, an original scripted thriller from QCODE and creator Dan Blank, was featured by Esquire as one of “The Best Podcasts of 2019” early last fall and was named Apple’s “Best Fiction Show of the Year.” Erivo both starred in and co-produced the seven episode season.
“A great story can transcend its medium to find new forms and new audiences. Cynthia, Dan and QCode created a gripping and entertaining podcast that deserved all the praise and attention it garnered,” said Brody. “We can’t wait to work with them to tell this story in its next evolution.”
“It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to bring this podcast to the screen and marks the beginning of a new adventure in creativity for me as a producer,” said Erivo.
QCODE’s Herting added, “We are thrilled to be working alongside Amblin Partners and their amazing creative team on adapting the Carrier podcast to film. As producers, we’ve always envisioned a bigger life span for our content beyond podcasts, and we’re excited to watch this adaption, led by the brilliant Cynthia Erivo, come to life.”
Carrier marks QCODE’s first feature film adaptation.
Amblin Partners is a film and television production company, led by Steven Spielberg, that develops and produces films using the Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media banners and includes Amblin Television, a longtime leader in quality programming.
The company’s investment partners include Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne), Alibaba Pictures and Universal Pictures.
The company’s recent releases include 1917, which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning three, and Green Book, which last year won three Academy Awards including Best Picture and grossed more than $320m worldwide.
QCODE is a podcast and media studio launched in 2018 by former CAA agent Rob Herting in partnership with production company Automatik and management firm Grandview. The company is focused on working with creators to originate and innovate stories in the audio format that have the potential to grow and be adapted in other mediums, including television series and feature films.
QCODE developed and produced its first series earlier this year, Blackout, which stars Rami Malek and is featured as one of Apple’s “10 Best Podcasts So Far in 2019” and won the “Best Fiction Podcast of the Year” at the iHeartRadio Podcast awards. The show is a fictional dramatic thriller that examines a national power outage through the lens of a family in a small town in northern New Hampshire.