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Gurinder Chadha’s Blinded By The Light Acquired by New Line and Warner Bros?

Gurinder Chadha’s latest directorial Blinded By The Light had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival.

New Line and Warner Bros have reportedly acquired the worldwide rights to the film in a $15 million deal.

Apparently, this excludes the UK, Australia and New Zealand acquired earlier by eOne.

Based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s 2008 memoir Greetings from Bury Park, the movie is set in England amidst racial and economic turmoil.

The poignant story follows a 16-year-old Pakistani boy Javed (Viveik Kalra) who is gifted Bruce Springsteen cassettes by a friend.

The working class anthems hit a chord with Javed, as he navigates his own path as an aspiring young writer in a difficult climate.

According to Consequence of Sound, Springsteen himself has co-signed the film, giving permission for filmmakers to use a staggering 16 of his iconic songs for the soundtrack.

Kalra stars alongside rising British actors like Nell Williams (of Game of Thrones fame) and Hayley Atwell.

Chadha wrote the script alongside her Bend It Like Beckham co-writer Paul Mayeda Berges and Manzoor himself.

Blinded by the Light currently awaits a “big wide release.”

However, as suggested by Deadline, possibly as soon as this summer.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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