EXCLUSIVE: Netflix gained a hotly contested public sale for The Bluff, a pitch that will probably be written as a star car for Zoe Saldana, with Frank E. Flowers directing. Joe Ballarini will write the script with Flowers. Several streamers chased this one and the upfront dedication for these scribes is seven figures.
Project is about pirates in the Caribbean, however that is no household movie. The drama is ready in the Cayman Islands in the 1800s and Saldana performs Ercell, a Caribbean girl whose secret previous is revealed when her island is invaded by vicious buccaneers. The intention is to mix visceral motion and historic fiction to create an actual motion car because the heroine fights towards the atrocities dedicated by the pirates. There are sturdy roles for a second girl who’s a part of the vigilante marketing campaign, and the nasty lead pirate. Saldana and Flowers beforehand teamed in the 2004 drama Haven.
The movie will probably be produced by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca and Angela Russo-Otstot for AGBO, alongside Mariel and Cisely Saldana for Cinestar.
Flowers has been busy as a author, scripting an untitled LeBron James biopic at Universal and teaming with Terence Winter to jot down a film about reggae icon Bob Marley for Paramount. Best identified for scripting Ice Age: Continental Drift, Ballarino scripted A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting for Netflix, and he is writing We Carry Kevan for Participant Media, and Skyward for twentieth Century Studios. He offered his spec Cassius to Universal and is adapting the Carl Hiassen novel Chomp for Nickelodeon, and has a TV undertaking with RL Stine.
Saldana has the 4 Avatar sequels and is filming the untitled David O Russell directed movie alongside a cast that features Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Anya-Taylor Joy, Rami Malek, John David Washington and Robert De Niro.
Saldana and Cinestar are repped by LBI, CAA and Morris Yorn; Flowers by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and lawyer Carlos Goodman; Ballarini by Verve and lawyer Robert Goldman.
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