Noah Baumbach signs exclusive deal with Netflix
James R | On 28, Jan 2021
Netflix and Noah Baumbach are making it official, with the Marriage Story, Frances Ha and Mistress America director inking an exclusive deal with the streamer.
The two are far from strangers. Baumbach’s first film with Netflix was The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson, which premiered to rave reviews at Cannes in 2017. He followed that with Marriage Story, starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson and Laura Dern, which garnered six Academy Award nominations, including two for Baumbach and a win for Dern.
Now, the director, writer and producer – who began his career with Kicking and Screaming back in 1995 – will exclusively write and direct films for Netflix for the next several years. That will begin with White Noise, an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s seminal novel of the same name. Baumbach will produce the new film alongside David Heyman, with whom he also produced Marriage Story.
Baumbach said: “When I started in the film industry I dreamed of having a home. It took me about 25 years but it was worth the wait. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be making movies with Ted and Scott and everyone at Netflix, who are wonderful collaborators and friends and family.”
Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, added: “For more than two decades Noah has been writing and directing some of the most personal and influential films in American cinema. When we started to work together almost 4 years ago, he immediately felt like family and I’m thrilled we’re finally making it official.”
Filming on White Noise will begin later this year.