Netflix has picked up the worldwide rights to Sam Levinson’s “Malcolm & Marie” starring Zendaya and John David Washington for $30 million.
Based on a script by “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson, “Malcolm & Marie” follows Washington as a filmmaker and his girlfriend (Zendaya) as they head home after a movie premiere.
Levinson, who also directed and produced the film, wrote the first draft of the script in just six days and after production on “Euphoria” was shut down because of the pandemic. They then filmed and completed production on the movie at the Caterpillar House in Carmel, California, a massive home on a huge, open estate. The cast and crew were required to quarantine for two weeks before filming and only 12 people were allowed on set at any given time.
At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, Netflix also closed a $20 million deal for the Halle Berry-directed “Bruised” and, on Saturday, acquired “Pieces of a Woman,” which earned its star Vanessa Kirby the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival.
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TIFF 2020: ”Pieces of a Woman,“ ”The Water Man,“ ”I Care A Lot“ and more are getting attention from buyers
What the Cannes virtual marketplace proved earlier this year is that even without the in-person meetings, the red carpet galas and all the press hype, there's still room for a lucrative sales market surrounding these virtual events. While that's true of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, the hybrid physical and virtual fest is operating on a slimmed-down lineup of movies. And with Oscar eligibility requirements pushed back to 2021, there isn't the same need for all of these movies to make a splash. That said, we are looking forward to quite a bit at this year's TIFF, and so are buyers.