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Netflix Wins Dan Gilroy’s Next Film with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo

June 26, 2017


Netflix has won the battle for writer-director Dan Gilroy’s next film. Currently untitled, the film is set to re-team Gilroy with his Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. The film will also get a small theatrical release when it is released on the streaming site.

Gilroy began his career as a junior reporter at Weekly Variety when it was based in Time Square and slowly made his way towards directing. He made his debut Nightcrawler, a pitch-black thriller that had Gyllenhaal playing a sociopath cameraman and Russo as a local news producer who sells her soul for ratings.

Gilroy followed that film with Inner City, with Denzel Washington with Sony. The film is Michael Clayton meets The Verdict, a legal thriller set in Los Angeles. Washington plays a hard-nosed liberal lawyer named Roman J. Israel who has been fighting the good fight forever while others take the credit. When his partner, the firm’s frontman, has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on that role. He finds out some unsettling things about what the crusading law firm has done that run afoul of his values of helping the poor and dispossessed and finds himself in existential crisis that leads to extreme action.

Gyllenhaal will be seen next in Bong Joo-Ho’s Okja, which will be released on Netflix. Currently he’s shooting The Sisters Brothers for Jacques Audiard and next will be seen on the big screen in David Gordon-Green’s Stronger, playing Jeff Bauman, in his recovery from the Boston Marathon blast that took his lower legs. It also marks the first narrative debut of Gyllenhaal’s production company Nine Stories, which produced along with Mandeville and Bold.

Russo wraped Ron Shelton’s directed Villa Capri.


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