Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s ‘AIR’ Earn 2023 Worldwide Theatrical Release – The Hollywood Reporter

Ben Affleckthe next sports drama from AIR — with the filmmaker-actor opposite Matt Damon – will open in cinemas worldwide on April 5 ahead of its debut on Amazon’s Prime Video.

The sports marketing drama about Nike’s groundbreaking beginnings is backed by Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports and Mandalay Pictures. It is also Affleck and Matt Damon’s Artists Equity debut project.

Plans for a worldwide theatrical rollout are important to signal that Amazon is ready to give a movie a mainstream release in theaters. Amazon will take care AIR in North America, while Warner Bros. International has overseas obligations under its distribution pact with MGM. The Prime release date for the film has yet to be announced.

“Ben, Matt and this all-star cast have delivered a fantastic film that will move, inspire and entertain audiences around the world,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon and MGM Studios, said in a statement. “With Ben’s incredible direction, the film offers a nostalgic look at a cultural moment that lends itself perfectly to a global theatrical event.”

Affleck added: “Matt and I are very happy for the public to see AIR and proud that this is the first release of Artists Equity. The film was an extraordinary experience where we had the honor of working with some of the best cast and crew in the industry, all of whom brought passion, persistence and creativity to a collective effort to recreate a remarkable and ambitious story.

Affleck also paid tribute to the companies backing the film, as well as Salke and new Amazon Studios marketing executive Sue Kroll, whom he worked with at Warner Bros. on his Oscar winner. Argo, among other titles. “We appreciate the steps it took on each of their parts to get there and want to thank them. It was the best creative and personal experience of our lives and we look forward to many more like it,” he said. -he declares.

Damon portrays former Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro while Affleck portrays Nike co-founder Phil Knight in a story involving Nike’s long-running effort to sign rising superstar basketball player Michael Jordan to a shoe deal at the mid-1980s, an endorsement that seemed impossible. at the time but, thanks to the maverick sneaker salesman, would become the single most important relationship between a sports brand and an athlete, launching the multi-billion dollar global contemporary sneaker industry.

The cast also includes Jason Bateman, Chris Messina, Matthew Maher, Marlon Wayans, Chris Tucker, Viola Davis, Gustaf Skarsgard and Julius Tennon.

The project marks Affleck’s first time directing a feature film starring his longtime friend Damon. The famous two won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for Goodwill hunting, which starred Damon and had Affleck in a supporting role and was directed by Gus Van Sant. The couple also reunited last year to The last duel directed by Ridley Scott, with Damon again starring and Affleck in a supporting role.

With a screenplay written by Alex Convery, AIR is produced by David Ellison, Jesse Sisgold, Jon Weinbach, Affleck, Damon, Madison Ainley, Jeff Robinov, Peter Guber and Jason Michael Berman. Executive producers include Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Kevin Halloran, Michael Joe, Drew Vinton, John Graham, Peter E. Strauss, and Jordan Moldo.

AIR is the first major feature film from David Ellison’s new Skydance Sports division. Skydance already has a connection to the sports world through its investor RedBird Capital.

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