Netflix is reportedly closing a deal for the rights to Matthew Baker’s short story “Life Sentence” and plans to develop the project into an original feature with “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Batman” director Matt Reeves onboard to produce.
Reeves recently moved his 6th & Idaho production banner’s deal from Fox to Netflix, and will develop this project as producers. The title refers to a futuristic program where criminals aren’t incarcerated, instead their memories are erased. One such man finds himself trying to reconcile his past actions and relationships.
Netflix’s deal for ‘Sentence’, six figures against seven figures if the film gets made, beat out eight other bidders for the property including Apple, Amazon, Warners, Universal, Fox 2000, New Regency, Gaumont and MWM Studios. Ultimately Netflix won as the author wanted a film adaptation, not a series which Apple and Gaumont would have developed.
It is the third sci-fi short story Baker has sold to Hollywood. His first, Transition, sold to Amazon in a bidding war with Noah Hawley producing and Joe Epstein adapting. His second short story, The Appearance, sold to Makeready with The Picture Company producing.