Following its high-profile acquisition of global rights to Steven Soderbergh’s “High Flying Bird” and overseas rights to the Safdie’s “Uncut Gems” in the past day or so, Netflix has landed the rights to two more high-profile feature films today.
First up they’ve landed the comedic drama “Dumplin'” starring Jennifer Aniston and “Patti Cakes$” breakout actress Danielle Macdonald. Macdonald plays the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen who signs up for her mom’s small Texas town pageant as a protest. Things escalate when other contestants follow in her footsteps.
Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal”) directs the feature which boasts an astonishing musical component. Dolly Parton is recording new versions of her classic songs with collaborators such as Sia, Alison Krauss, Elle King and Miranda Lambert. In addition, Parton and Linda Perry have co-written six new original songs for the feature as well.
Odeya Rush, Dove Cameron, Harold Perrineau, Bex Taylor-Klaus and Ginger Minj co-star in the film which has a script by Kristin Hahn. The plan is to release the film later this year on Netflix in the U.S. and select international territories, including a select U.S. theatrical run making it eligible for awards consideration.
That’s not all though as Netflix has also picked up “Yes Day,” a new comedy feature based on the children’s book of the same name that Jennifer Garner is set to star in and produce.
The story sets up the idea that one day a year, parents have to say ‘yes’ to their kids every request. Miguel Arteta (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) will direct from a script by Justin Malen (“Father Figures”) adapting author Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s book. No word on a release strategy as yet for that film.