In the first trailer for Amazon Studios' Don't Make Me Go, John Cho plays a father on a mission.
The film follows Cho's single father Max and his daughter Wally, played by Mia Isaac, on a road trip from California to New York, directed by Hannah Marks (After Everything, Mark, Mary, and Some Other People) and written by Vera Herbert (This Is Us).
They're traveling under the guise of driving lessons for Wally and Max's 20-year college reunion, where he also intends to meet with her mother, who abandoned the family years ago. But there's another reason the father-daughter duo is doing the long drive: Max has a terminal disease and is attempting to fill the time, experiences, and love Wally will miss when he's gone.
Plot: What's going to happen?
Max (John Cho), a single father, finds out he has a disease that will kill him. He decides to spend as much time as possible with his teenage daughter Wally (Mia Isaac) in the time he has left with her.
With the promise of long-awaited driving lessons, he gets Wally to go with him on a road trip from California to New Orleans for his 20th college reunion. He secretly hopes to reunite her with her mother, who left them long ago.
Don't Make Me Go is an entirely new and emotional journey that looks at the unbreakable, eternal bond between a father and daughter from both sides of the generation gap. It does this with heart and humor.
- John Cho as Max Park
- Mia Isaac as Wally Park
- Kaya Scodelario as Annie
- Josh Thomson as Guy Connelly
- Otis Dhanji as Glenn
- Stefania LaVie Owen as Sandra
- Mitchell Hope as Rusty
- Jen Van Epps as Nicole
- Jemaine Clement as Dale Angelo
According to the 2012 Hollywood Black List, this screenplay by Vera Herbert was one of the best-unproduced screenplays ever. With Hannah Marks slated to direct and Herbert penning and executive producing the script, Amazon Studios signed on for the project on March 24, 2021.
The picture will be delivered by Donald De Line, Peter Saraf, and Leah Holzer. As of March 24, 2021, John Cho had been cast in the film. When Mia Isaac and Kaya Scodelario joined the cast in 2021, it was revealed on April 13, 2021. May 2021 was the date when filming began in New Zealand.
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On June 13, 2022, the film will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and on Prime Video on July 15, 2022.
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Though specifics remain limited, Marks briefly addressed the project with Collider when she promoted her previous directorial effort, 2021's Mark, Mary & Some Other People. Here's what the filmmaker said:
We'll have a better idea of how the movie fares in the months to come, but suffice it to say, Don't Make Me Go sounds like a rewarding filmmaking experience for all involved, especially as it treks “the eternal, unbreakable bond between a father and daughter from both sides of the generational divide with heart and humor,” as the end of the plot synopsis notes.
Don't Make Me will air on Amazon Prime on July 15. We'll keep you posted on the newest updates as they arrive.
As promised, we now have a full plot summary!
With just a limited amount of time left to spend with his teenage daughter Wally (Mia Isaac), divorced father Max (John Cho) decides to make the most of the time he has left with her before he passes away.
He persuades Wally to join him on a journey from California to New Orleans for his 20th college reunion, where he secretly wants to reunite her with her mother. The latter left them long ago, promising long-anticipated driving lessons. “Don't Make Me Go” is an innovative and heartfelt trip that explores the eternal link between a father and daughter from both sides of the generational barrier.
“Don't Make Me Go,” starring John Cho, Mia Isaac, Mitchell Hope, Jemaine Clement, Stefania LaVie Owen, and Kaya Scodelario, was produced by Donald De Line, Leah Holzer, and Peter Saraf, written by Vera Herbert, and directed by Hannah Marks, will premiere on Prime Video on July 15. The trailer for the upcoming movie is here:
The long journey, full of passion and humor, sees the father and daughter unite across the generational barrier while grappling with their longtime relationship being cut short.
During the trailer, Max states, “When you look back on this vacation, I want you to remember us together, not you waiting for your lover to call.” Wally tells her father, “I gambled on you,” at another moment. “You're the only one I'll ever love.”