Netflix $ 30 Million Deal Malcolm and Mary Zendaya John David Washington – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix continues to set the tone for the 2020 Toronto Film Festival Market. Deadline hears that Streamer is signing a deal for worldwide rights near $ 30 million Malcolm and mary, A romantic drama directed by Sam Levinson starring Zendea and John David Washington. This is after the $ 20 million Netflix deal directed by Haley Berry Injury, The first big deal of the fest happened before the film’s premiere. Netflix acquired yesterday Pieces of a woman, Which won the Best Actress Award for Vanessa Kirby in Venice.

Shot quietly during production lockdown on 35mm in black and white with the help of Fotocam, Malcolm and mary It was the first post-pandemic film to complete production. There was a stampede to this, and I’ve been told that the others in this mix were HBO, Amazon, Searchlight, MGM, Apple, A24, and Focus Features. While the epidemic was likely to throw a wet blanket at the TIFF because most buyers and sellers cannot cross the Canadian border, the market is vibrant compared to last year.

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Deadline reported in our Toronto curtain raid that CAA Media Finance and Endeavor Content showed promo footage on the film for buyers late last week. Sources said the promo reel was about 20 minutes. Washington plays the role of a filmmaker who returns home after a celebratory film premiere with his girlfriend (Zendaya) as he awaits what is an imminent critical and financial success. The evening suddenly takes a turn in the form of revelations about their relationship, a test of the strength of their love.

Malcolm and mary Filmed June 17-July 2 at the Caterpillar House of Environmentally Conscious Glass Architectural Feldman Architecture in Carmel, CA, in compliance with the WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA, and comprehensive COVID-19 security protocols.

Levinson and Zendaya were told about the film after their series excitement Had to stop. The actress asked Levinson if he would write and direct a film with her during quarantine. The concept came through as quickly as the script, and he focused on Washington, a fast-rising star Blackkklansman And theory.

Netflix confirmed the deal and director, writer and producer Levinson said he was “very grateful to this cast and crew, many of whom are mine excitement Family, to come together during such uncertain times. We felt that we were capable of making this film and we did so with a lot of love. We’re all thrilled that it ended with Netflix being unique in allowing filmmakers the freedom to tell their stories to audiences around the world. ”

The pick is produced by Levinson, Kevin Turren and Ashley Levinson of Little Lamb Productions – who are producers Pieces of a woman, Which Netflix achieved yesterday. Produced by Zendaya, John David Washington, Yariv Milchan, Michael Shaffer, Will Greenfield, Aaron L. Gilbert and Scott Mascudi (aka Kid QD). Co-exec producers are Harrison Kreis, Katia Washington, Stuart Manshill and Kenneth Yu. DP Marcel is REV, Michael Grassley is the production designer, Julio C. Perez IV is editor and Law Roach and Samantha McMillan are costume designers.

Cast and crew Malcom and Mary Feeding will share a portion of this sale proceeds with the US. The film was shot on a modest budget, and some of the keys below the liners made deals that profit from the back end. Big sales will be a reality and a big help for a time that is hard to find work.

Zendaya is retaken by CAA, Monster Talent Management and Skrzyniarz & Mallean; John David Washington is retaken by WME; Sam Levinson is retaken by WME and Novo.

The deal was closed by Endeavor Content and CAA Media Finance.