SEARCHING, a unique thriller that takes place all on the computer screen, wowed audiences when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, when it was called SEARCH. Starring John Cho and Debra Messing, the film is written and directed by Aneesh Chaganty, in his feature film debut. Sony soon picked up the film at the festival, where it won the Alfred P Sloane Award and the Next Audience Award (last year’s recipient was Justin Chon’s GOOK).
According to Deadline Hollywood, SEARCHING is slated for an August 3 release:
Directed and co-written by Aneesh Chaganty, with Sev Ohanian also writing, SEARCHING follows a desperate father who is looking for his missing teenage daughter. After a local investigation is unsuccessful, David (John Cho) decides to search the one place no one has looked yet and the one place we all keep our secrets today. Timur Bekmambetov produces with Sev Ohanian, Adam Sidman and Natalie Qasabian. Debra Messing, Joseph Lee and Michelle La star alongside Cho.
With the release date set, we should expect an official theatrical trailer very soon. In the meantime, check out this interview with John Cho at Sundance, talking about the significance of an Asian American family featured front and center in this film.