With so many filmmakers making the move to work with Netflix, it was only a matter of time before Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Greengrass (United 93) would join them. Netflix won the rights to make the filmmaker’s next movie, a thriller about Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people with his terrorist acts in 2011.
There was heavy competition to make the movie, but Netflix won the rights with the help of producer Scott Rudin, who has set-up a features division with Netflix. They will also release the Rudin-produced Noah Baumbach comedy The Meyeroritz Stories (New and Selected) later this year.
Breivik was a self-described right-wing Christian extremist who hated Muslims, having written a 1,500 page manifesto that criticized his country’s liberal regards to Muslim immigration, that he used as his basis for a series of terrorist acts. First, he set off a fertilizer bomb outside the Norwegian prime minister’s headquarters that killed people, and then, dressed as a policeman, he murdered dozens of teens at a Labor Party Youth Camp on Utoya Island. He was sentenced to 21 years, the maximum possible sentence in a country that does not support the death penalty.
At one point, Greengrass was going to direct Brian Helgeland’s Ness, but instead will do this film he also scripted next. Plans are to film in Norway with a budget of $20 million with Rudin, Greg Goodman and Eli Bush producing.
Last year, Greengrass reunited with Matt Damon for Jason Bourne, the next installment in the successful Bourne franchise. It grossed $415 million worldwide with $162 million in North America alone. In 2007, the British director was nominated for an Oscar for his stirring 9/11 drama United 93, and in 2014, he received both Golden Globe and DGA nominations for his true-life drama Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks. Greengrass has also won four BAFTA awards, given out in his home country. 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum is still Greengrass’ highest grossing movie in North America with $227 million.
Rudin also produced Captain Phillips and the two of them have been trying to get Greengrass’ film Memphis, about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., made.
This story was initially reported on by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor