Blumhouse and Amazon’s Prime Video have landed the worldwide rights Nanny, Nikyatu Jusu’s Sundance Film Festival award-winning horror film. It first premiered at the festival earlier this year to rave reviews and became the first horror film to win the festival’s top prize.
The stars Anna Diop (Us) as “a Senegalese immigrant nanny, piecing together a new life in New York City while caring for the child of an Upper East Side family, who is forced to confront a concealed truth that threatens to shatter her American Dream.”
Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls, Morgan Spector and Rose Decker also star.
“We’re proud to have writer/director Nikyatu Jusu’s Nanny as part of our slate for Amazon. It’s a gem of a horror film that combines impressive filmmaking and powerful storytelling, and is worthy of the Grand Jury Prize it was awarded at Sundance,” said Jason Blum, founder and CEO, Blumhouse.
“With Nanny, Nikaytu Jusu has crafted a film that is as haunting as it is powerful,” said Julie Rapaport, head of movies at Amazon Studios. “From the exceptional performances to its strong visual language, we can’t wait to share Nanny with our global audience and to continue our longstanding collaboration with Blumhouse.”
“Knowing my first feature, Nanny, is now among a roster of provocative and iconic work at Amazon is rewarding. Coupled with Blumhouse’s recognizability in the world of genre, horror specifically, I’m excited to be in the warm embrace of a team at the intersection of bold content and indie filmmaking sensibilities. My hope is that this acquisition stands as a testament to their continued bravery in ushering in unique voices,” said Nikyatu Jusu.
“Nikyatu is an immensely talented and visionary director whose haunting, unforgettable film mesmerized audiences at Sundance. We couldn’t imagine better partners to now share Nanny with the world than the exceptional teams at Blumhouse and Amazon,” said Maria Zuckerman of Topic Studios and Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold Features.
“Nikyatu is a singular filmmaker, and supporting her on her debut feature has been rewarding. From building a truly multicultural team behind the camera, to linking arms with Blumhouse and Amazon, it’s been amazing,” said Grace Lay and Sumalee Montano of LinLay Productions, and Nikkia Moulterie.
The woman-led creative team for Nanny also includes cinematographer Rina Yang (Euphoria), producers Nikkia Moulterie and Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold Features and executive producers Maria Zuckerman of Topic Studios and Grace Lay and Sumalee Montano of LinLay Productions.
The film is also executive produced by Jusu; Ryan Heller and Michael Bloom for Topic Studios; Rebecca Cammarata for Stay Gold Features; and Jason Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse Television.