Netflix, Inc. announced that it has acquired global rights to Charlie McDowell’s The Discovery, which is sci-fi movie. Directed by Charlie McDowell and written by McDowell and Justin Lader, the film will premiere on Netflix and in select theaters in the U.S. next year.
The Discovery, starring Rooney Mara, Robert Redford and Jason Segel, is a gripping love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified. Redford plays the scientist responsible for the discovery, with Segel portraying his son Will and Mara playing Isla, a woman haunted by a tragic past who Will falls in love with.
“To describe the story as original doesn’t begin to capture the world that Charlie has created that will envelop you,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. “Our global viewers are going to love this film.”
Shot on location in Rhode Island, the film also features Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Riley Keough (American Honey, The Girlfriend Experience) and Ron Canada (The Strain).
The film was produced by Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and James D. Stern of Endgame Entertainment, and was co-financed by Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures. Executive Producers are Mike Goodridge and Dimitra Tsingou for Protagonist, and Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith for Endgame.
Big Mouth Coming To Netflix
Additionally, Netflix, Inc. has ordered Big Mouth, a 10-episode, half-hour animated comedy series from real-life best friends Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg about teenaged adventures in puberty. The show will premiere everywhere Netflix is available in 2017.
Comedian John Mulaney will lend his voice to the character of Andrew, while Kroll will obviously voice Nick. Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate and Jessi Klein are among the other actors who will lend their voices to the series.
Kroll, Goldberg and screenwriter-directors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett are all creators and executive producers on the series. Big Mouth is a Netflix production.
“There are few things that keep me up at night….Nick Kroll’s adventures in puberty is one of them, so we greenlit this series with very few questions asked,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix vice president of original content.
Some Strange New Original Content
As we reported earlier, Netflix is getting ready to unveil its latest original series “Stranger Things” this summer. Stranger Things, from newcomer writer/director brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, will have eight episodes. The series is set in small-town Indiana in the 1980s. Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) is a mother of a young boy (Will Byers), who disappears under mysterious circumstances. She searches for her missing son and appeals to the local police for the help to find the boy. The police chief (David Harbour)’s seems far from experienced in handling this kind of serious case.
Netflix is also going to produce an original content for the Indian market. The online streaming service’s first production, a crime drama series, is adaptation of the 2006 best-seller “Sacred Games” by Vikram Chandra. It will shot on location in India and produced by Phantom Films, a local production company. Mr. Chandra’s novel, a sprawling thriller set in Mumbai’s criminal underworld, focuses on a Sikh police detective’s pursuit of India’s “most wanted gangster.”
The online streaming company expanded to more than more than 130 new countries, including India. The online streaming service has 81 million customers across 190 countries.
Shares of Netflix, Inc. were up 0.11% in after-hours trading.