Sudeikis plays Matt, a son who hasn’t spoken to his photographer father (Harris) in over a decade, until Zoe (Olsen) shows up on his doorstep asking him to drive his father to Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas, the only place in the world that still develops Kodachrome film (this is true, and it has a wonderfully retro website complete with a t-shirt for purchase).
“He’s dying,” Zoe tells him, but Matt has his own problems. He’s a struggling A&R executive at Spitting Devil Records who will lose his job unless he manages to poach a big band from Sony. The two storylines come together, according to Billboard, when Matt realizes the band he’s after is touring along the very route he, his father, and Zoe must take to Kansas. What ensues is your classic road trip story with an excellent soundtrack.
Through the trip, the father and son grapple with their broken relationship, while Matt and Zoe are on the brink of a new one. In the end, it’s a story about life, and the different ways we choose to treasure it.
“Take pictures, they stop time,” Ben (Harris) says. “Commit moments to eternity.”
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and will arrive on Netflix on April 20. You can watch the full trailer for Kodachrome below:
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ star joins Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis in the upcoming road trip drama set around the last shop in the U.S. to develop Kodachrome film.
Elizabeth Olsen is set to star in Kodachrome, appearing alongside Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis in the upcoming drama.
The actress had been previously linked to the project before Cannes, where The Solution Entertainment Group launched it in the market (CAA are repping North America), but her name was subsequently removed.
Set to start shooting in Toronto on Aug. 28, Kodachrome tells the story of a record label boss who embarks on a road trip across the U.S. in order to fulfill his father’s dying wish and have a roll of Kodachrome film developed, only to find there’s just one remaining shop accepting them. Bruce Greenwood, Dennis Haysbert and Wendy Crewson will also star in the film, to be directed by Mark Raso (Copenhagen) from a script by Jonathan Tropper. Tropper previously adapted his novel This is Where I Leave You with Warner Brothers, which starred Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll and Rose Byrne.
Kodachrome is being produced by Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson and 21 Laps Entertainment’s Dan Levine and Shawn Levy, alongside Topper and Leon Clarance of Motion Picture Capital, which is fully financing the film. Jo Monk, Laure Vaysse and Dan Cohen are exec producing.
The film joins a growing list of films on the slate of Motion Picture Capital, which only this week announced Steel Country, a U.S.-set thriller to star Andrew Scott (Spectre, Pride) and recent Olivier best actress winner Denise Gough (’71, Jimmy’s Hall), which went into production Friday. Simon Fellows (Malice in Wonderland) directs, while Gareth Ellis-Unwin (The King’s Speech) produces alongside Clarance.
Other films on MPC’s upcoming slate include U.K. drama Hampstead, starring Diane Keaton and Brendon Gleeson, currently in post-production, and sci-fi film The Titan, starring Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling and Tom Wilkinson, also in post.
Meanwhile, MPC’s completed projects include horror film The Crucifixion, written by The Conjuring’s Chad and Cary Hayes and starring Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service); thriller Come and Find Me, starring Aaron Paul and Annabelle Wallis; and comedy The Boy Downstairs, starring Girls’ Zosia Mamet.
MPC, which was also behind Netflix series Sense8, was set up by Clarance in 2011 with the backing of Indian giant Reliance Big Entertainment, and claims to have arranged financing for productions totaling $200 million to date.