WRITER/DIRECTOR CHRIS MORRIS IS BACK WITH ‘THE DAY SHALL COME’ HIS FIRST FEATURE SINCE THE CELEBRATED COMEDY GAMECHANGER ‘FOUR LIONS’ – IFC FILMS SETS A SEPTEMBER RELEASE DATE
THE ALL STAR CAST INCLUDES ANNA KENDRICK, DANIELLE BROOKS, JIM GAFFIGAN, DENIS O’HARE AND NEWCOMER MARCHÁNT DAVIS
NEW YORK, NY (July 2, 2019) — IFC Films announced today that it is acquiring U.S. rights to Chris Morris’ THE DAY SHALL COME, written by Chris Morris (FOUR LIONS, VEEP) and Jesse Armstrong (SUCCESSION, VEEP), with a breakout performance from newcomer Marchánt Davis. The film also stars Danielle Brooks (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), Anna Kendrick (PITCH PERFECT, INTO THE WOODS), Jim Gaffigan (THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW, SUPER TROOPERS) and Denis O’Hare (TRUE BLOOD, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB). The film is produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, Archer Gray’s Anne Carey, Chris Morris and Derrin Schlesinger. Made with support from Film4, Riverstone Pictures and the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), THE DAY SHALL COME is in association with FilmNation Entertainment and Cross City Films, of a See-Saw Films and Perp & Co production, produced in association with Archer Gray. THE DAY SHALL COME had its World Premiere at SXSW Film Festival in 2019 and will be released theatrically and on demand September 27, 2019.
Based on a hundred true stories, the razor-sharp satire from Chris Morris (FOUR LIONS) exposes the dark truth at the heart of the homeland security project: it is harder to catch a real terrorist than it is to manufacture your own. The film follows Moses Al Shabaz (Marchánt Davis), the “Sultan” of The Star of Six Farm on a mission he runs in the Miami projects with his wife Venus (Danielle Brooks). He bans guns from his community, fights crime and dreams of overthrowing the government. However, The Farm is going under, and Moses must make some quick cash to save his family from eviction. A stranger offers him 50k if he accepts illegal guns for his “revolution”. To hustle the money, Moses betrays his own rules and takes the weapons. He has no idea this sponsor works for the FBI and is fueling his madcap dreams in order to turn him into a criminal. In an escalating game of cat and mouse where the mouse has no idea the cat exists, THE DAY SHALL COME is a wildly absurd yet realistic farce and a devastating plea for justice.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco with FilmNation on behalf of the filmmakers.
ABOUT IFC FILMS
Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Recent releases include NON-FICTION directed by Olivier Assayas, DIANE directed by Kent Jones, THE WEDDING GUEST directed by Michael Winterbottom and RED JOAN directed by Trevor Nunn. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD, which the company financed over 12 years, was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, and is considered a landmark in independent cinema; THE DEATH OF STALIN, FRANCES HA, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE BABADOOK, TOUCHING THE VOID, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, CHE, SUMMER HOURS, ANTICHRIST, IN THE LOOP, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, TINY FURNITURE, and CARLOS. IFC Films has worked with established and breakout filmmakers, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Paul Dano, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Abdellatif Kechiche, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Abbas Kiarostami, Alfonso Cuaron, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, Ethan Hawke and many more. IFC Films is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
ABOUT SEE-SAW FILMS
Academy Award® winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman founded See-Saw Films in 2008. See-Saw is a UK and Australian company specializing in international film and television production.
See-Saw produced six-time Academy Award® nominated and two-time BAFTA winning LION, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, and in 2011 won the Academy Award® for Best Motion Picture for THE KING’S SPEECH which swept up an additional three awards, from twelve nominations, as well as picking up seven BAFTAs, from fourteen nominations.
Recent film projects include Academy Award® winner Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS, starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Brian Tyree Henry, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson which was released by Twentieth Century Fox in 2018.
See-Saw’s upcoming film projects include Francis Lee’s AMMONITE, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, which is in post-production.
See-Saw’s television division formally started in 2012 and kicked off with the multi-award winning first season of Jane Campion’s TOP OF THE LAKE. Campion returned with TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL starring Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
THE NORTH WATER written and to be directed by Andrew Haigh (45 YEARS), adapted from the novel by Ian McGuire, will shoot in 2019 for BBC Two. The company’s short form comedy series STATE OF THE UNION directed by Stephen Frears, written by Nick Hornby and starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd premiered at Sundance 2019; THE END starring Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor, written by Sam Strauss and directed by Jessica M Thompson and Jonathan Brough is currently in post-production. Previous productions include THE NEW LEGENDS OF MONKEY, See-Saw’s live action television series for Netflix, ABC Australia and TVNZ.
ABOUT ARCHER GRAY
Archer Gray is an accomplished production, media investment, and venture capital company that leverages its multifaceted expertise to bring stories, new ideas, products, and audiences together in singular, dynamic ecosystem unlike any other in the industry. Founded by veteran investor, Amy Nauiokas, Archer Gray’s unique infrastructure not only develops and produces its own quality theatrical narrative films, television shows, and documentaries, but also identifies content and early stage media startups in which to invest. Dedicated to amplifying diverse voices, Archer Gray’s three divisions work symbiotically to drive innovation, integrity, and results.
Archer Gray’s most recent projects include Chris Morris’s film The Day Shall Come, which recently premiered at SXSW 2019, Yuval Adler’s film The Operative, which recently premiered at Berlinale 2019, Marielle Heller’s Academy Award-nominated Can You Ever Forgive Me?, starring Melissa McCarthy; Mike Mills’ Academy Award-nominated 20th Century Women, starring Annette Bening; Marielle Heller’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl, starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard; and Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes, starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney.
ABOUT RIVERSTONE PICTURES
Riverstone Pictures is a Reliance Entertainment company founded in 2014 by veteran Hollywood producer Deepak Nayar and former Ingenious Media MD Nik Bower. Based in London and Los Angeles, Riverstone is a film and television producer with a strong development slate led by Jeremy Baxter, as well as the financier of more than a dozen prestige third-party productions including Taylor Sheridan’s WIND RIVER, Julian Schnabel’s AT ETERNITY’S GATE and Bart Freundlich’s AFTER THE WEDDING, starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. The company is in post-production with Jonathan Jakubowicz’s RESISTANCE, starring Jesse Eisenberg, and Sara Colangelo’s WHAT IS LIFE WORTH, starring Michael Keaton.
ABOUT THE BFI
The BFI invests over £50 million of National Lottery funding a year into developing and supporting filmmakers with diverse, bold and distinctive films, that have a cultural relevance or progressive ideas, and which reflect people from different backgrounds, as well as a range of activities to increase the opportunities for audiences to enjoy them.
Upcoming titles include Little Joe, directed by Jessica Hausner, and Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You which both premiered in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival; Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR, winner of the World Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival; Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Feature Scheme Birds from directors Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin; The Last Tree from acclaimed director Shola Amoo which enjoyed its World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival and the anticipated THE DAY SHALL COME from Chris Morris.
Recent titles include Oscar and BAFTA-nominated Cold War which brought Pawel Pawlikowski the Best Director award at last year’s Cannes; Dirty God from Berlin Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize winner Sacha Polak; Claire Denis’ English language debut High Life and Locarno Film Festival Special Jury Prize and BIFA Best Debut Director award-winner Ray & Liz by filmmaker Richard Billingham.
Currently in prep, production or post are Chasing Chaplin from three-time BAFTA nominees Peter Middleton and James Spinney; Craig Roberts’ Eternal Beauty starring Oscar nominated Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe and David Thewlis; Untitled Girls Film from award-winning director Sarah Gavron and producer Faye Ward; Philippa Lowthorpe’s Misbehaviour starring Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Jessie Buckley; Monsoon from BAFTA and BIFA nominated filmmaker Hong Khaou and starring Henry Golding; Ammonite, directed by Francis Lee starring Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet; and Jessica Swale’s Summerland starring Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
The BFI is the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. It is a cultural charity that:
- Curates and presents the greatest international public programme of world cinema for audiences; in cinemas, at festivals and online
- Cares for the BFI National Archive – the most significant film and television archive in the world
- Actively seeks out and supports the next generation of filmmakers investing National Lottery money into development, production, distribution, sales, export, film heritage and education
- Works with Government and industry to make the UK the most creatively exciting and prosperous place to make film internationally
Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE.