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Mumblecore is headed to streaming.
Indie filmmaking stalwarts Jay and Mark Duplass have signed a four-picture deal with Netflix that will begin with an untitled project starring Ray Romano to be released later this year.
“Turns out when you make films for Netflix, millions of people all over the world watch them. This is not a terrible thing for an independent filmmaker,” the Duplass brothers said Wednesday in a statement about their new deal.
The Romano-fronted feature has already wrapped production and is described as a “bittersweet bromance about friendship, mortality, and made-up sports.” Alex Lehmann directed from a script he wrote with the Duplass brothers. Mel Eslyn produced the dilm, along with Alana Carithers and Sean Bradley.
This latest deal isn’t the brothers’ first partnership with Netflix. In 2015, they signed an SVOD deal with the streamer that included the movies Blue Jay, Take Me, Creep 2 and the upcoming Duck Butter and Outside In.
The Duplass brothers join Netflix early-adopter Adam Sandler, who signed a four-film deal with the streamer in 2014 and extended his deal last year for another four movies. Additionally, Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves and Transformers producer Ian Bryce both have multiyear first-look deals with Netflix.
The deal was negotiated by ICM, which reps the Duplass brothers.
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