According to Deadline, Netflix has won the rights to an untitled feature film from writer and director Dan Gilroy, after a heated auction. While most details are still under wraps, we do know that the story will unfold within the art world.
Gilroy will be teaming up with the same actors he worked with for his directorial debut, Nightcrawler. The film starred Jake Gyllenhaal as an amateur cameraman hunting for violent events to shoot and Rene Russo as the local news director, using his work to boost her ratings. The 2014 thriller earned Gilroy an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Before his new project hits Netflix, the talented trio are involved in a number of other projects.
Gilroy who has previously written the screenplays for Kong: Skull Island, The Bourne Legacy, The Fall and Two for the Money, is currently directing his second film, Roman Israel, Esq. The film is a legal drama he also wrote, which will feature Denzel Washington as an idealistic defence attorney.
Gyllenhaal has recently starred in another Netflix film, Okja and can be seen playing Jeff Bauman (a survivor from the Boston Marathon blast) soon in Stronger.
Later this year, Russo (who is actually married to Gilroy) will be on the big screen alongside Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones in the action comedy, Villa Capri.
This win for Netflix means another original film has been added to its arsenal. Last September, Variety reported that the streaming giant was aiming for 50% of its content to be original productions.
“We’ve been on a multiyear transition and evolution toward more of our own content,” said Netflix CFO David Wells at the time.