Netflix isn’t letting up. Fresh after CEO Ted Sarandos revealed the streaming service’s plan to release around 80 films in 2018, they’ve locked down a deal for a script called Kate. The film was essentially given a production commitment and budget of $25 million right off the table. The script comes from Umair Aleem, who is best known for his work on 2015’s Bruce Willis-starring film, Extraction.
Kate is being described as a female-centric, hard action film in the vein of Kill Bill and La Femme Nikita. Deadline describes the writer’s vision of the film as follows:
“Picture Cate Blanchett (who’s not attached) as Lee Marvin in a hard boiled action thriller about a woman who has 24 hours to solve her own murder.”
Netflix is in search for a director and star, and are hoping to begin production in April of 2018. Producing the film are a few all-star action producers in Atomic Blonde’s Kelly McCormick, John Wick’s David Leitch, and The Hunger Games’ Bryan Unkeless.
The truly exciting aspect here is what this can mean for these kinds of movie deals in the future. The outlet states that movies like this will generally get six figure deals before going into development for years. With Netflix jumping in, it sounds like we have a studio who’s actually willing to take big risks and leap into projects with production money right away.
Netflix needs content fast, and their business model allows them to take risks on bold voices, rather than needed to spend years on development in order to make them more white bread in nature for theatrical release.
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