Zendaya-starrer Malcolm and Marie gets picked by Netflix for a whopping $30 million
Rhea Srivastava -
Streaming giant Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Sam Levinson’s ‘Malcolm & Marie’ starring Zendaya and John David Washington for a total of $30 million.
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival put out its market in the virtual space owing to the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Malcolm and Marie is part of a string of deals inked by Netflix at the do. Other films acquired by the service include Halle Berry’s directorial debut ‘Bruised,’ and Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf-starrer ‘Pieces of a Woman.’
Director Sam Levinson’s HBO series ‘Euphoria,’ also starring Zendaya is highly acclaimed. Thus, it is no surprise that the film’s price is one of the highest for any film out of a festival. In Malcolm and Marie, Washington stars as a filmmaker and Zendaya as his girlfriend. As they return home from a movie premiere, the conversation shifts to their past relationships and inevitably puts a question mark on their love. The premise, while not completely commercial, has still fetched a great price… perhaps due to its star power and Levinson’s track record. Other services that were in the running for the film included HBO and Amazon.
Said Levinson on the development, “I am so grateful to this cast and crew, many of whom are my ‘Euphoria’ family, for coming together during such uncertain times. We felt privileged to be able to make this film together and we did so with a lot of love. We are all thrilled that it has ended up with Netflix which is unparalleled in allowing filmmakers the freedom to tell their stories that reach audiences all over the world.”
‘Malcolm and Marie’ was produced by Kevin Turen and Ashley Levinson of Little Lamb Productions. It was shot in the summer during the pandemic. Reportedly, the set was heavily restricted and all rules of social distancing and hygiene were maintained as per the approval of major guilds like WGA, DGA, and SAG-AFTRA. The deal between the production house and Netflix was negotiated by Endeavour Content and CAA (who also did Bruised and Pieces of a Woman, respectively).