Deadline is reporting that Clouds, the inspirational teen drama film based on the true story of Zach Sobiech, is moving from Warner Bros. to the Disney+ streaming service.
Based on the memoir Fly A Little Higher by Laura Sobiech (Zach’s mother), the film follows Zach’s journey over the course of his senior year as he navigates the complexities of love, friendship, family and leaving behind a musical legacy.
The true of seventeen-year-old Zach Sobiech, who before dying of a rare bone cancer (Osteosarcoma) in May 2013, formed the band A Firm Handshake and record the hit single ‘Clouds’, with the music video going viral on YouTube and the song reached number one on iTunes prior to his death at the age of eighteen.
Director Justin Baldoni, who also produced the film, released a statement saying:
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. 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.
Ricky Strauss, President of Content and Marketing at Disney+, released a statement saying:
Justin has created a poignant and uplifting tribute to Zach, whose story shows us the power of optimism, music, and human connection. As our team searches the world for stories that entertain and inspire, ‘Clouds’ is a fantastic fit for Disney+ and our global audience.
The script is adapted by Kara Holden, with Andrew Lazar, Baldoni and Casey La Scala serving as producers, while Steve Sarowitz, Wendy S. Williams and Cate Adams serving as executive producers and Ben Simpson serving as co-producer.
Clouds stars Fin Argus, Sabrina Carpenter, Madison Iseman, Thomas Everett Scott and Neve Campbell.