Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way banner are teaming up with Misher Films for THE OUTLAW OCEAN, according to sources close to The Tracking Board. The action thriller, which is set up at Netflix, is based in part on the series of articles written by investigative reporter Ian Urbina for The New York Times Magazine, and in part on the book Urbina is currently writing, which will be published by Alfred A. Knopf. Netflix and DiCaprio have purchased the film rights to both the articles and the book.
The film will recount the true story of a vigilante crew that stalked a fugitive fishing ship considered the world’s most notorious poacher for 110 days and across two seas and three oceans. Urbina first documented the events in his six-part series published in 2015, which “reveals that crime and violence in international waters often goes unpunished.”
DiCaprio will produce with Jennifer Davisson Killoran alongside Kevin Misher for Misher Films and Todd Hoffman. Andy Berman will executive produce for Misher.
DiCaprio maintains a multi-year, first-look deal with Netflix, the focus of which is to produce non-fiction based films and docu-series with topical and provocative environmental themes. Outlaw Oceans is one of the first projects to be set up at under the deal, which was struck in early 2015 following the successful collaboration between DiCaprio and Netflix on the Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga. One of the goals of the deal is to get stories pertaining to environmental issues – a subject that has become synonymous with DiCaprio over the years – a larger, more accessible platform where the mega-star’s name can help draw a wider audience. With over 75 million subscribers in over 130 countries, the streaming service gives DiCaprio that much more opportunity to get his message across.
Appian Way also recently signed a first-look deal with Paramount after more than a decade on the Warner Bros. lot. DiCaprio, who recently took home an Oscar for Best Actor for The Revenant, is currently developing over two dozen projects for television and film, including the highly-anticipated Devil in the White City with director Martin Scorsese.
Misher Films is already working with Appian Way on The Ballad of Richard Jewell starring Jonah Hill. The company, whose credits include Carrie, Public Enemies, and The Rundown, is currently in production with an adaptation of the popular improv show The Black Version with co-creator Jordan Black.
DiCaprio is repped by LBI Entertainment.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor