The critically-acclaimed Sundance film, Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul, has been acquired in a joint situation between NBCU’s streamer Peacock, the NBCU-owned studio Focus Features and Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, which has a deal with NBCU’s Universal Pictures.
The film will bow in theaters and Peacock later this year. It is the feature film debut of sibling duo the Ebo twins, writer-director Adamma Ebo and producer Adanne Ebo. The film is under their production company, Pinky Promise in this adaptation and is an adaptation previous short film of the same name.
The film stars Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown.
Here’s the description of the film:
In Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul, proud first lady of a Southern Baptist megachurch, Trinitie Childs (Regina Hall) carries immense responsibility on her shoulders. After a scandal involving her husband, Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown), the church is forced to close temporarily, leaving Trinitie struggling to manage the aftermath. Now Trinitie and Lee-Curtis must rebuild their congregation and reconcile their faith by all means necessary to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen.
Check out S&A’s Sundance panel with the Ebo twins below:
Daniel Kaluuya also executive produced the film through his 59% banner. Rowan Riley and Amandla Crichlow, the Ebos, Kara Durrett, Pinky Promise’s Jessamine Burgum and Matthew Cooper, Hall and Brown all executive produce as well.
“Adamma and Adanne’s fresh, unique voices deliver such an authentic, hilarious and searing experience. Their vision coupled with the talents of Regina and Sterling deserved all the acclaim Sundance audiences gave it,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski. “I am so thrilled that we get to bring the film to worldwide audiences with Peacock and Monkeypaw.”
“We are excited to partner with Focus Features and Monkeypaw to bring Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul. to Peacock customers day-and-date with its theatrical release,” said Val Boreland, Executive Vice President, Content Acquisition, NBCUniversal Entertainment, Television and Streaming. “We continue to expand the Peacock catalog with fresh stories from new creators like the Ebo twins, whose feature film debut already has Sundance audiences buzzing and is certain to delight viewers everywhere with its magnetic mix of satirical humor and drama.”
Monkeypaw’s president Win Rosenfeld said, “Central to Monkeypaw’s mission is working with emerging filmmakers who are telling fresh and disruptive stories in mischievous new ways. We are so fortunate that the brilliant Adamma and Adanne Ebo have chosen to partner with us on the release of their hilarious HONK FOR JESUS, SAVE YOUR SOUL. They’re master satirists and have found both humor and heart in this fierce and provocative critique of hypocrisy.”
“We’re so unbelievably blessed and hyped to be partners with Focus and Monkeypaw on our first feature film,” said the Ebo twins. “Their commitment to our vision as filmmakers and bolstering the film as a whole is amazing and we cannot wait to bring it to the world with this team.”
Pinky Promise founder and CEO, Jessamine Burgum also added, “I am thrilled to collaborate alongside Adamma and Adanne Ebo and see that their creative vision has been realized. Focus Features and Monkeypaw Productions have an eye for incredible storytelling and for them to appreciate the nuances of Honk For Jesus, truly makes for the best partnership I could have ever imagined. Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown delivered unforgettable performances that I can’t wait for audiences to witness; I’m giddy just thinking about it!”
The deal for the film was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group, who represents the Ebo Twins and Pinky Promise. They brokered the deal with CAA and ICM. Monkeypaw is represented by CAA and Jared Levine.