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Focus Announces Boogie and Schedules Dark Waters

Focus Features has announced the production of Boogie and set the release date for Dark Waters for this November.

Boogie is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of contemporary New York City from writer and director Eddie Huang. Boogie follows a young Chinese-American basketball phenom who struggles to balance the expectations of his immigrant family with his own dreams of becoming a player for the NBA. Huang is the author of the autobiographical Fresh off the Boat: A Memoir, which was adapted into the critically acclaimed television series of the same name. A writer, producer and restaurateur, he most recently created and starred in Viceland’s Huang’s World.

Boogie is the debut project from Huang to be brought to the screen, which he will also direct. Josh Bratman of Immersive Pictures, Josh McLaughlin of Wink Productions and Michael Tadross will produce. Focus Features will distribute the movie domestically, and Universal Pictures International will handle foreign distribution. The cast includes Pamelyn Chee (Beyond Skyline, Prescient, re: solve), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Far From Home, Love, Simon), and newcomer Taylor Takahashi in the title role of Boogie.

Huang said, “A lot of my work to date has been about the ‘Asian-American Experience’ presented like a triumphal arch because that’s how I’ve felt since the Dipset Anthem dropped. Planet Asia needed me to stand out here with my two arms up ‘TOUCHDOWN,’ but I’m in my Purple Phase now. Boogie is the reflection of my ancestor’s spirit and values as I’ve always felt them navigating me through this American life. ‘There’s pain in music. The game abuse it, but this year wrist wear remains the bluest.’ – Killa Cam.”

“Eddie Huang is a bulldozer with a wrecking ball attached. He lays waste to expectations and shapes the ground of our culture with every new endeavor he embarks upon, and we couldn’t be any more proud or excited to a part of bringing his voice to the world. Hold on tight and watch what he does here,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski.

Producers Bratman, McLaughlin and Tadross said, “Eddie Huang is such a unique, multi-talent. His wildly original generational coming-of-age story is born out of his own experience and roots, and we’re honored to be working alongside Eddie and the amazing team at Focus on his directorial debut.”

Focus will release Participant Media’s Dark Waters, directed by Todd Haynes, on Friday, November 22nd, 2019 (Limited), and expanding on Friday, November 29th, 2019.

In the film inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life – to expose the truth.

Dark Waters is directed by Academy Award nominee Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan. The drama stars Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway, Academy Award winner Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, and Bill Pullman. Mark Ruffalo, Pamela Koffler, and Christine Vachon produced.

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