Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the hotly-anticipated film adaptation of the West End musical, is bypassing cinemas and going straight to Amazon Prime Video.
The musical film was originally supposed to hit cinemas in October 2020, but the release date was pushed back twice due to the coronavirus pandemic. Disney later removed the film from its release schedule entirely.
Amazon Studios announced on Thursday (20 May) that it has acquired Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and it will release the film in more than 240 countries on 17 September via Prime Video.
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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie follows Sheffield-based teenager Jamie New (Max Harwood) as he dreams of a life on the stage. The powerful film charts his journey to becoming a fierce drag queen – but it is not all plain sailing.
While Jamie has the unconditional love and support of his mother (Sarah Lancashire), his father (Ralph Ineson) is unsupportive and struggles to accept Jamie’s identity.
‘Beloved’ musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie celebrates ‘fabulous uniqueness’
“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has quickly become one of the most beloved musicals of recent years,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios said.
“Jamie’s story is one that resonates across all generations – it’s about unconditional love and we know our global audiences will fall in love with Jamie as he overcomes adversity to truly find his authentic self. We are so thrilled to share this joyful and inspirational story with the world.”
Jonathan Butterell, who directed the film as well as the original stage musical, said he was “thrilled” that Everybody’s Talking About Jamie had found a home at Amazon.
“Let’s come together to celebrate the glorious and fabulous uniqueness of each and every one of us,” Butterell said.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie also stars Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Adeel Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley and Richard E Grant.
The original stage musical quickly became a sensation when it debuted in 2017 in Sheffield. It later moved to London’s West End and amassed five nominations at the 2018 Olivier awards.
The story is based on the 2011 BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16. It is Max Harwood’s debut role after he won the part at an open casting call in Sheffield.