Matt Reeves to Produce “Life Sentence” for Netflix After Streamer Wins Bidding War for Short Story


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Netflix is nearing a deal to acquire ’s short story , which will produce under his 6th & Idaho banner, insiders tell the Tracking Board.

Life Sentence follows a criminal who decides to enroll in a futuristic program that erases his memories rather than go to jail, forcing him to reconcile his past actions and relationships.

Netflix reportedly beat out a last-minute bid from Apple and Gaumont that would’ve seen the short story developed as a show by producers Michael De Luca and Christopher McQuarrie. Baker, however, preferred a feature adaptation, which is why the project is heading to Netflix. is wrapping up the deal before the closes for the weekend.

Reeves recently moved his first-look deal from 20th Century Fox to Netflix, though he’s still planning to direct The Batman next for Warner Bros., which was one of the bidders in the mix for Life Sentence.

Baker previously sold the short stories Transition to Amazon and Noah Hawley, and The Appearance to Makeready and producers Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman of The Picture Company.

Deadline broke the news of the Life Sentence auction.

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