Chris Evans’ ‘Red Sea Diving Resort’ Acquired by Netflix
The story of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants coming to Israel in 1981
This week Netflix announced that the company has acquired the global rights, excluding China, to “The Red Sea Diving Resort” with Chris Evans, Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Michiel Huisman. The film also features Greg Kinnear and Ben Kingsley.
Gideon Raff (Homeland) directed the film and wrote the screenplay.
The logline from Netflix reads “Inspired by one of the most remarkable true-life rescue missions ever, “The Red Sea Diving Resort” is the incredible story of a group of Mossad agents and brave Ethiopians who in the early 80s used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel. Chris Evans plays Ari Kidron, the Mossad agent who leads the mission together with courageous local Kabede Bimro, played by Michael Kenneth Williams.
The film was one of several projects Evans took on while on break from his Captain America duties at Marvel. Chris Evans will appear in “Avengers: Infinity War” in April, but there are rumors that this will be his last film in the role. Evans has three other projects in the works outside of Marvel, those are “Knives Out,” “Jekyll,” and “Infinite.”
“Knives Out” is expected to release in 2019 and comes from writer and director Rian Johnson. The crime-mystery drama will also feature Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, and Don Johnson. Ruben Fleischer will direct “Jekyll,” based on the story of ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ with Evans attached as the titular character. Antoine Fuqua is working on the sci-fi adaptation “Infinite,” based on a novel by D. Eric Maikranz. Both of those projects are still in pre-production at this time and are subject to change.
As for “The Red Sea Diving Resort,” Netflix didn’t confirm a premiere date for the film, but more information will be released over the next few months.