Netflix inks first look deal with Saving Private Ryan producer
James R | On 16, Feb 2018
Netflix has inked a first look deal with Hollywood heavyweight Ian Bryce.
Bryce has been behind a number of a major Hollywood big-hitters over the years, including Saving Private Ryan, Almost Famous, Transformers, Spider-Man, Speed and World War Z. More recently, he has worked on Netflix’s War Machine, starring Brad Pitt. Now, that partnership is set to continue, with the streaming giant signing a multi-year agreement with Bryce.
Bryce and his Ian Bryce Productions will therefore move to the streaming service away from Paramount Pictures, in a deal that cements Netflix’s ambitions for its feature film productions. Indeed, the company recently hired industry veteran Scott Stuber to head up its feature film arm, leading to such high-profile projects as Will Smith blockbuster Bright.
Bryce will be a cornerstone of that push, with Deadline describing his role as being a “core supplier” for the streaming giant’s studio.
“Anyone who has been fortunate enough to work with Ian Bryce will tell you he’s one of the best,” said Scott Stuber in a statement. “Netflix started a great relationship with him on War Machine and his invaluable skill set will be a huge asset to us.”
Bryce added: “My team and I couldn’t be happier to join Scott and the Netflix family as they continue to forge new creative pathways and boundaries. Our focus has always been on creating exciting and meaningful stories across multiple genres, and Netflix is the perfect home to do that.”
Projects in the work at IBP reportedly include series and features based on IndyCar, the video game Oregon Trail, and the founding of the Make-A-Wish foundation.