• Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson to Star in Amazon Sci-Fi Drama BLISS

    June 20, 2019

    Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson have signed on to star in Amazon’s science-fiction drama “Bliss,” with Mike Cahill directing from his own script.

    Wilson portrays a recently divorced man whose life is falling apart when he meets Hayek’s character, a woman who lives on the streets and is convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is not real. She believes they are living in an ugly, harsh simulated world inside of the beautiful, peaceful “real” world of bliss.

    Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern is producing, with the company’s Lucas Smith serving as executive producer. Marsha Swinton will also executive produce. Production began this week in Los Angeles. 

    Cahill directed “Another Earth” and “I Origins,” which were released by Fox Searchlight. Both films won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival where they premiered.

    Hayek will next star alongside Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne in Paramount’s comedy “Limited Partners,” which will be released in January. She most recently appeared in “The Hummingbird Project” alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård, as well as 2017’s “Beatriz at Dinner.”

    Wilson most recently starred in “Wonder,” with Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay, and “Father Figures,” which also starred Ed Helms, Christopher Walken, J.K. Simmons, and Glenn Close.

    Cahill is repped by WME and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Hayek is represented by CAA, Evelyn O’Neill at Management 360 and attorney Bill Sobel at Laird & Sobel. Wilson is repped by UTA.

  • Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler Comedy MURDER MYSTERY Slays All-Time Opening Record For Netflix Movie With 30M+ Views

    June 18, 2019

    Comedy might be dead at the box office, but it’s perfectly alive on Netflix.

    The streamer via its comedy Twitter handle announced today that the Friday-Sunday viewership for its Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler movie Murder Mystery was watched by 30.87M accounts, making it the biggest opening weekend for a Netflix film. That breaks out into 13.37M in the U.S./Canada and 17.5M accounts abroad.

    The movie written by James Vanderbilt and directed by Kyle Newacheck dropped on June 14. Murder Mystery follows a A New York cop and his wife who while on a European vacation, get framed and are on the run for the death of an elderly billionaire. Murder Mystery reps Aniston and Sandler’s second movie together after 2011’s Just Go With It which grossed $214.9M worldwide ($103M domestic) off an $80M production cost.

    The first 3-days of the Will Smith 2017 fantasy action movie Bright was reported at 11M. Netflix over the Christmas break said that the first week of the Sandra Bullock thriller Bird Box was watched by 45M global accounts during its first seven days. Nielsen later verified that 26M U.S. subscribers tuned into Bird Box in its first week.

    Last awards season, Netflix won three Oscars for Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma (including best foreign film and director) which hit theaters exclusively in advance for three weeks before hitting the streaming service, and continuing in theaters. Deadline broke the news recently that Netflix hired Fox distribution vet Spencer Klein as their Director of Theatrical Distribution. He’ll be overseeing the theatrical releases of their awards season slate which includes Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, Noah Baumbach’s untitled Adam Driver-Scarlett Johansson comedy, and more.