HBO Max Picks Up The Exciting Sundance Winner Charm City Kings Starring Jahi Di’Allo Winston and Meek Mill
HBO Max has acquired worldwide rights to 2020 Sundance award winner, Charm City Kings which will be released under the upcoming platform’s Warner Max label. The new streaming service, which is set to debut May 27, will release the movie sometime this year.
Charm City Kings won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for its cast that includes Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Meek Mill, Will Catlett, Donielle Hansley, Kezii Curtis, Chino, Lakeyria “Wheelie Queen” Doughty and Teyonah Parris.
In the film, Mouse (Di’Allo Winston) desperately wants to join The Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt bike riders who rule the summertime streets. When Midnight’s leader, Blax (Meek Mill), takes 14-year-old Mouse under his wing, Mouse soon finds himself torn between the straight-and-narrow and a road filled with fast money and violence. The feature was inspired by the 2013 documentary 12 O’Clock Boys.
“Charm City Kings is such an exciting and vibrant visual experience that we are thrilled to debut on HBO Max. The filmmakers and electric cast have put together something truly special,” says Executive Vice President of Original Films, Jessie Henderson.
Charm City Kings is directed by Angel Manuel Soto and written by Sherman Payne, with a story by Chris Boyd & Kirk Sullivan and Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins.
The film is produced by Caleeb Pinkett, Clarence Hammond and Marc Bienstock. Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and James Lassiter executive produced through their company Overbrook Entertainment. Sony Pictures Classics was set to release the film in theaters for Sony Pictures Entertainment on April 10, 2020.