It’s just one-week after the “Deadpool 2” premiere, which grossed over $125M domestically on opening weekend, and Ryan Reynolds has already lined up his next project. Reynolds is teaming up with director Michael Bay for a new film that is set to debut exclusively on Netflix.
Called “Six Underground,” Netflix and Skydance Media will co-produce the film set to be directed by Michael Bay (Transformers) and starring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool). According to Netflix’s announcement, the action-film is based on an original idea from writers and executive producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, best known for their work on Deadpool and Deadpool 2. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger will produce Six Underground along with Bay.
Netflix stopped short of announcing a release date for the project, but the film is targeting a summer start of production for worldwide release in 2019. This marks the first collaboration between Skydance Media and Netflix for an event level feature film and the first Netflix project for both Michael Bay and Ryan Reynolds. We expect to hear more about the supporting cast and get a look at a teaser-trailer or two as the film enters into production.
Skydance has a long-standing relationship with Netflix in television where they produce the critically acclaimed and Emmy Nominated series “Grace and Frankie” and earlier this year launched the high-concept, strong IP based sci-fi series “Altered Carbon” on the platform.
Netflix also announced this week that President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix. The Obamas will produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features. These projects will be available to the 125 million member Netflix households in 190 countries.
“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” said President Obama. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”
“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” said Mrs. Obama. “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”
“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities.”