The Sundance Film Festival is no stranger to success. With its previous films including a range of talented actors, directors, and additional crew member, major streaming streaming services are destined to make a few deals. However, Apple has made the largest deal to date with their purchases of CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) at a whopping $22.5 million. The film was so well received, it resorted in a biding war with Amazon.
CODA debuted Thursday Jan. 28, the first day of the Festival. Its stars Locke and Key‘s Emilia Jones and centers on a high school senior who is the only hearing person in her family. When the family fishing business is threatened, she finds herself torn between helping her family or pursuing her music career. CODA‘s story is based on the French dramedy La Famille Bélier.
The film is written and directed Siân Heder, who also produced a few award winners such as Orange is the New Black and Mother. Her first feature length film Tallulah premiered at Sundance in 2016 and made its way to Netflix. It is not yet known when CODA will be on Apple TV+ but it’s safe to say we can expect great things to come.