Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will team up for a new, untitled, science fiction movie for Netflix. The picture will be directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (‘Nerve’, ‘Paranormal Activity 3’) with a script by Mattson Tomlin (‘The Projectionist’). Joost and Schulman created the documentary ‘Catfish’ which they then turned into the hit MTV docu-series.
The film revolves around a drug epidemic that gives people random superpowers. Foxx will play “a family man that has suffered a great loss,” and as a result, is seeking the source of the drugs. Gordon-Levitt’s role is that of a beat cop “who takes law enforcement matters into his own hands.” Neither is the main character, though. Reportedly, a “teenage actress of color” is being sought and her character “finds herself dealing the drug to help care for her family.”
Two other frequent Netflix creators are also attached, Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless. Their Screen Arcade banner will produce the film and they have a first-look deal in place with Netflix. Newman produced Netflix’s second original series ‘Hemlock Grove’ and currently serves as a writer, executive producer and showrunner of the acclaimed hit ‘Narcos’. Unkeless produced the original movie ‘First Match’, which won the Audience Award at SXSW earlier this year. Both served as producers for the Will Smith/Davis Ayer fantasy hit ‘Bright’ and the upcoming sequel. In non-Netflix projects, Unkeless produced the three ‘Hunger Games’ movies as well as ‘I, Tonya’, which earned an Academy Award for Allison Janney. Newman produced James Gunn’s first major movie, ‘Slither’, and the acclaimed ‘Children of Men’. Both are attached to produce 20th Century Fox’s ‘Mega Man’ based on the video game character.
Foxx will be seen as Little John in the upcoming ‘Robin Hood’ with Taron Egerton and next spring’s ‘All-Star Weekend’ which is his film directing debut. He will also play the lead in Todd McFarlane’s ‘Spawn’. Gordon-Levitt will appear in the plane hijacking drama ‘7500’ and is set to co-star with Channing Tatum in the musical ‘Wingmen’.
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