Netflix has won the $125 million dollar spec package SIX UNDERGROUND from the Deadpool & Deadpool 2 writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. The package will re-team the duo with Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and bring aboard blockbuster director Michael Bay.
The package, which originally hit the market earlier this year, originally brought Michael Bay aboard in March when it was announced Six Underground (previously titled 6 Underground) would be one of his next two films alongside Robopocalypse. But, it was the re-teaming with Reynolds, alongside a monstrous box office weekend for Deadpool 2 that stirred the studio and financing frenzy. We hear several bidders had come in near or matching Netflix’s proposed buy and budget, but ultimately the team, alongside producers David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger of Skydance chose Netflix for their agreement to their budget and shooting schedule.
The $125 million dollar commitment from Netflix sets the record for a spec package, a record that was also previously set by Netflix just two years ago when they committed $90 million to the Will Smith, David Ayer, Max Landis spec package for Bright. Netflix will co-produce the film with Skydance which will begin shooting this Summer, with a planned released date for 2019.
Reynolds, Bay, Wernick & Reese are all represented by WME who packaged the project.