Hulu Snags Lee Daniels’ “Billie Holiday”

Hulu has reportedly acquired “The Paperboy” and “Precious of Situs Nonton Movie Sub Indo” director Lee Daniels’ “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” according to Deadline.

Suzan-Lori Parks adapted Johann Hari’s novel with the film starring Andra Day as the legendary jazz singer. The story deals with the time the singer was targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics. An undercover sting operation was led by agent Jimmy Fletcher (Trevante Rhodes), a man with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

The film had been scheduled for a February 26th 2021 theatrical release via Paramount Pictures – meaning it would make it in time for Oscar season eligibility.

However, the trade says the deal with Paramount never closed, and so it hasn’t been determined yet whether a Paramount theatrical release will be part of the new deal with Hulu which is said to be worth more than double what Paramount offered.

Paramount could still have some hand in the film’s release though as they were involved in the production on re-shoots. Hulu apparently still wants the film to qualify for awards season and trailers, and marketing material is ready to go.

Hulu has done day-and-date streaming theatrical deals with Neon in the past and acquired “Happiest Season” from Tristar PIctures which it released this Thanksgiving. This will be a first with Paramount if they do a day-and-date streaming theatrical run.