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Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Malcolm & Marie, starring Zendaya alongside John David Washington — for cool $30 million.
The film premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
In the movie, Zendaya plays a filmmaker’s girlfriend, and the film centers on the events that follow after they return home from a movie premiere.
The pair deep dive into their past relationships before things go awry.
Director, writer and producer Sam Levinson said he was “so grateful to this cast and crew, many of whom are my Euphoria family, for coming together during such uncertain times.”
“I am so grateful to this cast and crew, many of whom are my Euphoria family, for coming together during such uncertain times. We felt privileged to be able to make this film together and we did so with a lot of love. We are all thrilled that it has ended up with Netflix which is unparalleled in allowing filmmakers the freedom to tell their stories that reach audiences all over the world,” Levinson said in a statement per THR.
The movie was conceived after Zendaya and Levinson were informed that their series HBO series Euphoria had to shut down. Zendaya then Levinson if he would write and direct a movie with her during the quarantine.
The film was shot on 35mm in black and white and the cast adhered to strict COVID-19 restrictions. Some of the Netflix deal proceeds will go towards Feeding America, a national charity that aids food banks.