March 29, 2017 — Deadline has announced that FilmRise has acquired all of the U.S. distribution rights to the acclaimed science fiction film Marjorie Prime, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. It won the festival’s Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize, which goes to a feature film that focuses on science or technology as a theme.
Michael Almereyda directed from a script based on the Pulitzer Prize nominated play by Jordan Harrison.
The film stars Jon Hamm, Lois Smith, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins. 86-year old Smith is considered to be a possible Oscar® contender for her performance as the titular character. She has never been nominated for an Oscar, despite an acclaimed career that extends over 7 decades and has included films like East of Eden, Five Easy Pieces, Resurrection, Fatal Attraction, Fried Green Tomatoes and Dead Man Walking.
Set in the near future, Marjorie Prime, who suffers from dementia, is “treated” in part through a memory enhancement techniuue which enables her to spend time with a holographic image of her deceased husband, Walter. Her husband, played by Hamm, is a representation of his young self, with whom Marjorie is able to speak, share memories and explore her past.
Davis who plays Marjorie’s daughter, and Robbins who plays Davis’ husband, need to come to terms with the changes Marjorie’s new/old relationship has on her.
Danny Fisher, the CEO of FilmRise, stated “We are thrilled to announce our acquisition of this superb Sundance award-winner. …Michael Almereyda has created a subtle and masterly adaptation, and the performances by Jon Hamm, Lois Smith, Geena Davis, and Tim Robbins are extraordinary.”