Noah Baumbach Signs Exclusive Deal With Netflix, Will Reteam With Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig for 'White Noise'

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The adaptation of Don DeLillo's 'White Noise' will be the filmmaker's third movie for Netflix, for whom Baumbach will exclusively write and direct films.

Noah Baumbach is chilling with Netflix.

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind last award season’s darling Marriage Story has signed a deal to write and produce films for the streaming giant for the next several years.

And he already has his next project in sights: an adaptation of White Noise, the 1985 novel that broke author Don DeLillo into the mainstream and earned the writer a National Book Award for fiction.

Adam Driver, a frequent collaborator of the filmmaker’s who starred in Baumbach’s Marriage Story, and Greta Gerwig, the filmmaker's romantic and creative partner, are in talks to reteam with the writer-director with the project eyeing a start this summer after Driver wraps MGM’s Gucci with Lady Gaga. The satirical book deals with themes of accepting one’s mortality and tells of a professor and his wife who are afraid of death and must confront it head on when a toxic chemical is released in their town. Baumbach will produce the new film alongside David Heyman, with whom he also produced Marriage Story.

“When I started in the film industry I dreamed of having a home,” said Baumbach in a statement. “It took me about 25 years but it was worth the wait.”

Said Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos: “For more than two decades Noah has been writing and directing some of the most personal and influential films in American cinema. When we started to work together almost 4 years ago, he immediately felt like family and I’m thrilled we’re finally making it official.”

Baumbach’s first film with Netflix was 2017’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) and starred Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson. He followed that up with Marriage Story, the 2019 drama that starred Driver, Scarlett Johansson and Laura Dern. It earned six Academy Award nominations, including two for Baumbach, and a win for Dern.

Baumbach has been directing films since 1995’s Kicking and Screaming, and among his works are the indies The Squid and the Whale, for which he received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay; Margot at the Wedding; Greenberg; Frances Ha; While We’re Young; and Mistress America. He also co-wrote with Wes Anderson The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Baumbach is repped by UTA.