Brie Larson is heading to Netflix in April with her directorial debut, Unicorn Store.
Captain Marvel herself, who has impressed repeatedly in indie films such as Room and Short Term 12, recently took a step behind the helm, with a second feature, Lady Business, already on the way – and also snapped up by Netflix.
Based on a script by Samantha McIntyre, Unicorn Store follows a woman who moves back in with her parents, then receives an invitation to the titular store that promises to fulfill her childhood dreams. Larson auditioned for the film, before stepping up to helm the project. The result starred Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as Larson, and premiered at Toronto Film Festival last year. It will be released by Netflix on Friday 5th April.
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Brie Larson and Lynette Howell Taylor ink two-film deal with Netflix
4th February 2019
Brie Larson and Lynette Howell Taylor have inked a two-picture deal with Netflix.
The streaming giant has acquired the worldwide rights to the next two films from the Oscar winning star of Room and the Best Picture-nominated producer of A Star Is Born.
The first, Unicorn Store, is already complete and marks Larson’s directorial debut. Based on a script by Samantha McIntyre, the film follows a woman who moves back in with her parents, then receives an invitation to the titular store that promises to test whether she has grown up. Larson auditioned for the film and didn’t get it, before stepping up to helm the project. The result starred Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as Larson, and premiered at Toronto Film Festival last year. It will be released by Netflix on Friday 5th April.
The second film is called Lady Business and will likely see Larson starring and directing once again. Both are produced by Howell Taylor’s 51 Entertainment, but Lady Business sees them team up with Endeavor Content, after the latter’s Negeen Yazdi found the Fast Company article upon which the film is based.
Written by John Paul Titlow, the article told the the true story of two young entrepreneurs, Penelope Gazin and Kate Dwyer, who invented a third male founder of their company just to be taken serious in the business world. The deal, which includes the duo’s life rights, will see Howell Taylor produce the film alongside 51 Entertainment’s Samantha Housman and Larson. The project will be developed at Netflix, after Endeavor Content negotiated the deal for both pictures with the streaming giant.
“It’s not an easy time in the world right now so I hope that, in the old tradition of films being a form of escapism and a way to dream, this film can do that,” Larson said of Unicorn Store.
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