ST. PAUL — A movie based on the life of Zach Sobiech, the Lakeland teenager who wrote the hit song “Clouds,” will premiere this fall on Disney Plus.
Laura Sobiech said Thursday that Disney has made “Clouds” its first feature acquisition and will premiere the movie on its Disney Plus streaming service this fall. The movie is based on her book, “Fly A Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way,” which was filmed in Montreal.
The movie will have good company. Earlier this week, Disney announced it would be streaming a filmed version of the stage production of “Hamilton” beginning July 3 on Disney Plus.
Laura Sobiech said she and her husband, Rob, are thrilled that the movie, directed by actor and director Justin Baldoni, will be “out there in a place where so many people are going to be able to access it.”
“I really feel like space has been made for this movie to come out at this time,” she said. “It’s the perfect time for Zach’s story to come out — when we have all experienced a little bit of what it’s like to have everything kind of stripped away and have to figure out how to live through that. We are all doing that right now, and that is what Zach did so well.”
The Sobiechs had expected to attend the Warner Bros. film’s premiere this fall — red carpet and all. “But the world is so different now,” she said. “Nobody knows what’s going to happen when, when things are going to open up again. Also, there is no new content being made, so streaming is really where things are being watched.”
Disney+ is the “perfect home” for the “Clouds” movie, she said. “Disney really gets it. They get the mission that we are trying to accomplish, which is we want to touch people’s hearts with Zach’s story … but we also want to raise money for Zach’s fund and find a cure for this and they get that. They understand the mission.”
The hit song “Clouds” became an internet sensation shortly before Zach died of osteosarcoma, a rare kind of bone cancer, in 2013 at age 18. A music video of “Clouds” has been viewed more than 14.3 million times on YouTube, and the song reached No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
At Zach’s request, proceeds from the song — more than $2 million — have been donated to the fund, which supports osteosarcoma research at the University of Minnesota.
The movie stars teen actor and singer-songwriter Steffan “Fin” Argus.
“It’s good. It’s really good,” Laura Sobiech said. “It honors Zach. It honors his friends. It honors his story.”