YouTube Buys Susan Sarandon Thriller 'Vulture Club'

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The Google platform plans a theatrical release, followed by a YouTube Red release, for the terrorist thriller that also stars Edie Falco and Matt Bomer.

YouTube has picked up Vulture Club, from director Maryam Keshavarz and starring Susan Sarandon, Edie Falco and Matt Bomer.

The terrorist thriller will have a theatrical release later this year, before bowing on YouTube Red, the Google-owned streamer's $10-per-month subscription service. Vulture Club, produced by Anna Gerb, Neal Dodson and J.C. Chandor, portrays a veteran emergency room nurse (Sarandon) secretly struggling to free her grown son, a journalist, from capture by a terrorist group.

After running into roadblocks with government agencies, she discovers a clandestine community of journalists and advocates who might be able to help her. Keshavarz (Circumstance) co-wrote Vulture Club with Jonathan Mastro.

"Maryam Keshavarz lends her powerful perspective as an Iranian-American filmmaker, and Susan Sarandon’s moving performance immediately drew us into this compelling film,” Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at YouTube, said in a statement.

Julian Morris, Lola Kirke and Sheila Vand round out the ensemble cast for Vulture Club. Keshavarz is repped by ICM Partners, Sarandon is repped by UTA, Falco is repped by ICM Partners and Management 360 and Bomer is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.

YouTube has begun acquiring film projects, including Joseph Khan's rap battle comedy Bodied, Nick Cannon's King of the Dancehall and documentaries Kedi and G-Funk. It also acquired Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me sequel, but subsequently dropped the project following the filmmaker's admission of sexual misconduct.