Ethan Hawke’s Chet Baker Biopic ‘Born to Be Blue’ Sold to IFC

Born to Be Blue
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IFC Films has bought U.S. rights to Robert Budreau’s Chet Baker biopic “Born to Be Blue,” starring Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie.

The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in the “Special Presentations” section.

The movie was produced by Jennifer Jonas, Leonard Farlinger, Jake Seal and Budreau, and executive produced by William G. Santor, Adam Moryto, Mark Slone, Gurpeet Chandhoke, Stefan Jacobs, Patrick Roy, Christina Kubacki, Terry Bird, John Hills and Andrew Chang-Sang.

Hawke was a jazz icon in the 1950s who became equally famous for his drug addiction. The film mixes historical fact and fiction as it re-imagines Baker’s attempt at a comeback.

“Upending the conventions of the musical rise-and-fall formula while still offering a relatively straightforward three-act narrative, the film is anchored by an Ethan Hawke performance that ranks among the best of his career,” Variety‘s Andrew Barker wrote in his review.

The deal for the film was negotiated with CAA and Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.