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J.J. Perry, known for his work as a second-unit director and stunt coordinator for The Fate of the Furious, Bloodshot and the John Wick movies, will make his directorial debut with the project, the script for which was initially discovered at a screenplay competition.
According to Netflix, which made the announcement Tuesday, Foxx will topline as a hard-working, blue-collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted 8-year-old daughter. His mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income: hunting and killing vampires.
Tyler Tice wrote the script with current revisions by Shay Hatten. Chad Stahelski, who turned his own résumé of stunt and second-unit work into a successful directing career and who worked with Perry on the Wick movies, is producing with Jason Spitz via their 87Eleven Entertainment banner. Also producing are Shaun Redick (Get Out) and Yvette Yates Redick (Malicious) via Impossible Dream Entertainment.
It was the latter two who discovered the Day Shift screenplay when debut writer Tice won the Slamdance Writing Competition Grand Prize. Impossible Dream attached Perry to direct, and along with Tice, they developed the screenplay further before teaming with Stahelski and 87Eleven Entertainment.
Foxx is exec producing with Datari Turner and Peter Baxter.
On top of working with Netflix on Day Shift and Project Power, Foxx is co-starring in and producing the upcoming thriller They Cloned Tyrone for the streamer and the series Dad Stop Embarrassing Me. He next toplines Soul, Disney/Pixar’s upcoming animated feature that will debut Dec. 25 on Disney+.
Foxx is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. Perry is repped by WME. Tice is repped by WME.
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