Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog.
Produced by See-Saw Films and Big Shell Films/Max Films Production in association with Brightstar and BBC Films, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss and is based on the Thomas Savage 1967 novel of the same name.
Wealthy Montana brothers Phil (Cumberbatch) and George Burbank are two sides of one coin. Phil is graceful, brilliant and cruel where George is stolid, fastidious and gentle. Together they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in the Montana valley. It is a place where men are still men, the rapidly modernizing 20th century is kept at bay and where the figure of Bronco Henry, the greatest cowboy Phil ever knew, is revered. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Moss), a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using her effeminate son Peter as a pawn.
See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, Max Films’ Roger Frappier, Big Shell’s Jane Campion and Brightstar’s Tanya Seghatchian are producers, with BBC Films’ Rose Garnett, See-Saw’s Simon Gillis and Brightstar’s John Woodward on board as executive producers.
The deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers and Cross City Films by Simon Gillis, COO of See-Saw Films, and attorney Craig Emanuel of Paul Hastings.
Netflix will release the film in 2021 on Netflix and in cinemas. Netflix will be the worldwide distributor of the film, with Transmission Films releasing theatrically in Australia and New Zealand. The BBC, however, retain the UK free TV rights.