Netflix confirmed this week that the video-streaming service has acquired the global rights to Charlie McDowell’s The Discovery. The film stars Rooney Mara (Carol), Robert Redford (Truth) and Jason Segel (The End of the Tour). The film will premiere on Netflix and in select theaters in the US in 2017.
Directed by Charlie McDowell and written by McDowell and Justin Lader, The Discovery is a gripping love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified. Redford plays the scientist responsible for the discovery, with Segel portraying his son Will and Mara playing Isla, a woman haunted by a tragic past who Will falls in love with.
“To describe the story as original doesn’t begin to capture the world that Charlie has created that will envelop you,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “Our global viewers are going to love this film.”
Endgame’s James Stern added: “I am a big fan of Charlie’s work and jumped at the chance to work with him on an incredible script with an exceptionally talented cast. And to be in partnership with Netflix is a perfect storm for Endgame.”
Shot on location in Rhode Island, the film also features Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Riley Keough (American Honey, The Girlfriend Experience) and Ron Canada (The Strain).
The Discovery joins the growing lineup of Netflix original films, and titles premiering in 2016, including: The Fundamentals of Caring, starring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts and Selena Gomez, premiering June 24; Tallulah, starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, premiering July 29; in the U.S., the lauded animated film, The Little Prince starting August 5, featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard and Benicio Del Toro; David Michôd’s War Machine, starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter with Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley (fall ‘16); The Siege of Jadotville, starring Jamie Dornan and Guillaume Canet (fall ‘16); Mascots from director Christopher Guest (fall ‘16); and True Memoirs of an International Assassin starring Kevin James (fall ‘16); among other titles.
The Discovery was produced by Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and James D. Stern of Endgame Entertainment, and was co-financed by Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures. Executive Producers are Mike Goodridge and Dimitra Tsingou for Protagonist, and Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith for Endgame.
McDowell recently made his feature film directorial debut with The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. The film, written by McDowell and Justin Lader, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival as a critics’ favorite. McDowell recently directed episodes of the third season of the HBO Emmy and Golden Globe winning hit comedy television series, Silicon Valley.
Alex Orlovsky has a slew of award-winning credits including The Place Beyond The Pines, Blue Valentine, The Wolfpack and Half Nelson. Stern and Endgame have produced a host of hit independent films including Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects which also starred
Rooney Mara, Rian Johnson’s Looper, Lone Scherfig’s An Education (nominated for Best Picture), and I’m Not There directed by Todd Haines and starring Oscar nominated Cate Blanchett.
Netflix has also acquired the film, Handsome, written by Andrea Seigel (Laggies) and Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goldbergs), and directed by and starring Garlin, in a Columbo-style mystery comedy. LA homicide detective Gene Handsome tries to make sense of his life as he solves crime. He’s really good at one of those.
The film also stars Christine Woods (Hello Ladies, Perfect Couples), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black), Amy Sedaris (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, BoJack Horseman), Steven Webber (Wings, Studio 60, iZombie), Eddie Peppitone (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Love), and Leah Remini (King of Queens). David Miner (Master of None, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Vern Davidson (The Goldbergs), and Garlin are producers on the film.
Also confirmed this week, Netflix has ordered to series Big Mouth, a 10-episode, half-hour edgy, surreal animated comedy from real-life best friends Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, The League) and Andrew Goldberg (Family Guy) about teenaged adventures in puberty. The show will premiere everywhere Netflix is available in 2017.
Comedian John Mulaney (John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid, Saturday Night Live) will lend his voice to the character of Andrew, while Kroll will obviously voice Nick. Maya Rudolph (Maya & Marty, Bridesmaids), Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Lady Dynamite), Jordan Peele (Keanu, Key and Peele), Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Documentary Now!), Jenny Slate (Girls, Lady Dynamite) and Jessi Klein (Inside Amy Schumer) are among the other actors who will lend their voices to the series.
Kroll, Goldberg and screenwriter-directors Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett (Little Manhattan, Nim’s Island) are all creators and executive producers on the series. Big Mouth is a Netflix production.
“There are few things that keep me up at night….Nick Kroll’s adventures in puberty is one of them, so we greenlit this series with very few questions asked,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix vice president of original content.
“Andrew and I have been best friends since 1st grade, so this show is over 30 years in the making. I can’t wait to tell all the stories that make up the glorious nightmare of puberty,” commented Nick Kroll.
Nick Kroll is the creator and star of the critically acclaimed series Kroll Show, which aired on Comedy Central, and he co-starred as ‘Ruxin’ in the hit FX series,The League. In 2013, Kroll was honored with the BREAKOUT STAR OF THE YEAR award at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He will next be seen on the big screen in Jeff Nichols’ upcoming feature, Loving, which premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the New Line feature, The House. He will also appear in the upcoming animated feature films, Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party, Illumination’s, Sing and Dreamworks’, Captain Underpants. Kroll recently completed his nationally sold out tour and rave-reviewed off-Broadway run of Oh, Hello, which he co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in alongside John Mulaney.
Andrew Goldberg is a writer-producer who began his career at FOX’s animated comedy Family Guy where he rose to the rank of Co-Executive Producer. His feature script, The Wedding for CBS Films, appeared on the 2011 Black List. Kroll and Goldberg met in first grade and quickly became best friends. Their legendary lip-sync performance of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now at Camp Wildwood in 1992 remains infamous to this day. This collaboration has been 30 years in the making.
John Mulaney was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2008–the same year he began working at Saturday Night Live where he appeared as a “Weekend Update” correspondent and co-created characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader. In 2014 he created and starred in FOX’s comedy Mulaney and in November he released his third comedy special The Comeback Kid on Netflix. Mulaney’s previous comedy specials include The Top Part released in 2009 and a Comedy Central Special and Album New In Town in 2012.