Sony Pictures has picked up foreign rights to “Zola,” the Twitter stripper story that went viral.
A24’s ”Zola” has officially sold Sundance Picture’s international distribution rights to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), according to Deadline. SPWA plans to distribute the film everywhere except North America, China, and Japan. VVS Films acquired the film’s distribution rights in Canada, and A24 is looking to release the film in the summer.
The film, which was based on A’ziah King’s viral internet story, was written by #JaniczaBravo and #JeremyOHarris, and will be directed by Bravo. Last Friday, the film premiered as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition selection. The film will star #TaylourPaige as “Zola” and Riley Keough as Stefani. The two met at a restaurant, where Zola was waitressing. The two end up hitting it off and embark on a 48-hour adventure to Florida to make money from stripping. However, the women come up against several challenges, including sex trafficking, drugs, and more.
”Zola” will also star #NicholasBraun and #ColmanDomingo, and it will be produced by Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Vince Jolivette, Elizabeth Haggard, Dave Franco, Gia Walsh, and Kara Baker, Deadline reports.