Ben Affleck’s upcoming sports activities drama AIR — starring the fillmmaker-actor reverse Matt Damon — will open in theaters throughout the globe on April 5 upfront of its debut on Amazon’s Prime Video.
The sports activities advertising and marketing drama about Nike’s game-changing early days is backed by Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports activities and Mandalay Footage. It’s additionally the primary mission from Affleck and Matt Damon’s Artists Fairness.
Plans for a worldwide theatrical rollout are vital in signaling that Amazon is keen to offer a film a conventional launch in cinemas. United Artists Releasing, which distributes titles on behalf of the Amazon-owned MGM Studios, will deal with AIR in North America, whereas Warner Bros. Worldwide has abroad duties per its distribution pact with MGM. The movie’s launch date on Prime hasn’t but been introduced.
“Ben, Matt and this all-star solid have delivered a incredible movie that can transfer, encourage and entertain audiences across the globe,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon and MGM Studios, stated in a press release. “With Ben’s unbelievable course, the movie delivers a nostalgic look again at a culture-defining second that completely lends itself to a worldwide theatrical occasion.”
Added Affleck: “Matt and I are very excited for audiences to see AIR and proud that it’s the primary launch from Artists Fairness. The film was a rare expertise the place we had the consideration of working with among the greatest solid and crew within the enterprise, all of whom introduced ardour, persistence and creativity to a collective effort at recreating a exceptional and aspirational story.”
Affleck additionally gave a shout-out to the businesses backing the movie, in addition to to Salke and newly minted Amazon Studios advertising and marketing head Sue Kroll, whom he labored with at Warner Bros. on his Oscar-winning Argo, amongst different titles. “We worth the steps it took on every of their components to make it occur and wish to thank them. This was the perfect inventive and private expertise of our lives and we stay up for many extra prefer it,” he stated.
Damon portrays former Nike government Sonny Vaccaro, whereas Affleck performs Nike co-founder Phil Knight in a narrative round Nike’s long-shot effort to signal rising celebrity basketball participant Michael Jordan to a shoe contract within the mid-’80s, an endorsement that appeared inconceivable on the time however, because of the maverick sneaker salesman, would turn out to be probably the most vital relationship between an athletic model and an athlete ever, launching the worldwide, multibillion-dollar up to date sneaker business.
The solid additionally contains Jason Bateman, Chris Messina, Matthew Maher, Marlon Wayans, Chris Tucker, Viola Davis, Gustaf Skarsgård and Julius Tennon.
The mission marks the primary time Affleck will direct a function starring his longtime pal, Damon. The 2 famously received an Oscar for writing the script to Good Will Searching, which starred Damon and had Affleck in a supporting function and was directed by Gus Van Sant. The pair additionally reunited final yr for The Final Duel, directed by Ridley Scott, with Damon once more starring and Affleck in a supporting function.
With a script penned by Alex Convery, AIR is produced by David Ellison, Jesse Sisgold, Jon Weinbach, Affleck, Damon, Madison Ainley, Jeff Robinov, Peter Guber and Jason Michael Berman. Government producers embody Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Kevin Halloran, Michael Joe, Drew Vinton, John Graham, Peter E. Strauss and Jordan Moldo.
AIR is the primary main function from David Ellison’s newly minted Skydance Sports activities division. Skydance already has a tie to the sports activities world by way of its investor RedBird Capital.