In a massive change of distributors, Netflix has acquired the big-budget globetrotting action heist thriller package “Red Notice” from Universal Pictures and has handed out a green light to get the film into production by next year.
In addition, Ryan Reynolds has joined the project which also stars Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot. Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Skyscraper,” “Central Intelligence”) pens and directs the film in which Johnson plays an Interpol agent after the most wanted art thief in the world.
Thurber recently drafted a screenplay with a budget, but it relies on key scheduling windows meaning the deal made with Universal had to meet a specific progress to production timeline. Universal was hesitating and so a window opened in the deal and Netflix saw the script ten days ago.
Netflix Head of Film Scott Stuber then committed to everything the filmmakers wanted and a deal was brokered during the holiday break. The project gives the streamer a massive picture on its film slate with three major stars, and the plan is to premiere it simultaneously globally across its service, but it comes at a pricey $130 million cost.
Beau Flynn, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia will executive produce the film which will target a late 2020 release. This marks the second big film for Netflix and Reynolds, the pair previously teamed on the recently wrapped Michael Bay-directed “6 Underground”. The project is Johnson and Gadot’s first for the streamer.