- Disney+ will premiere the feature film 'Clouds' about singer Zach Sobiech in the fall.
Disney+ has announced it will be premiering the feature film Clouds this fall. This is the streamer’s first feature acquisition.
The film is based on the true story of Zach Sobiech, a musically gifted 17-year old living with rare bone cancer. Before his passing Zach created the band A Firm Handshake and recorded the song “Clouds” which charted on the Billboard Hot 100.
Clouds will center around Zach, played by Fin Argus, and his journey over the course of his senior year as he navigates the complexities of love, friendship, family, and leaving behind a musical legacy.
The ensemble cast includes Sabrina Carpenter as his best friend and bandmate, Sammy; Madison Iseman as his girlfriend, Amy; and Thomas Everett Scott and Neve Campbell as his parents, Laura and Rob.
The film is based on the memoir Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech, Zach’s mother. It is directed and produced by Wayfarer Studios co-founder Justin Baldoni (Five Feet Apart).
“I fell in love with Zach’s infectious joy and spirit seven years ago when I made a short documentary about his life. Just before he passed, I made a promise to him that I would do whatever I could to make sure the world heard his music,” said Baldoni. “In the age of COVID-19, with the future of the theatre business up in the air, it was extremely important to me to ensure Zach’s message of hope, faith and triumph in the face of adversity truly had the opportunity to touch as many hearts around the world as possible. That’s why I’m so excited to be partnering with Disney+ for my first film under our Wayfarer Studios banner, as it’s the perfect home and platform to bring Zach’s incredible story to the world.”
“Justin has created a poignant and uplifting tribute to Zach, whose story shows us the power of optimism, music, and human connection,” added Ricky Strauss, president, Content & Marketing, Disney+. “As our team searches the world for stories that entertain and inspire, Clouds is a fantastic fit for Disney+ and our global audience.”
Clouds is a Mad Chance/La Scala Films Production, co-financed by Wayfarer Studios, and produced by Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar, Baldoni for Wayfarer Studios and Casey La Scala. Steve Sarowitz, Wendy S. Williams, and Cate Adams also serve as executive producers and Ben Simpson is a co-producer. Endeavor Content and Wayfarer Studios brokered the deal of the film.
Baldoni is represented by WME