Netflix has acquired the rights to the in the works western “The Power of the Dog” which will mark “The Piano” director Jane Campion’s first film in over a decade.
Adapted from the 1967 Thomas Savage novel, the story follows wealthy Montana brothers Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Burbank. Phil is brilliant and cruel, while George is fastidious and gentle.
Together, they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Elisabeth Moss), an angry Phil wages a relentless war to destroy her by using her son Peter as a pawn.
Campion wrote the screenplay and will direct and the streamer is reportedly targeting a 2021 release and Transmission Films will release theatrically in Australia and New Zealand.