Judd Apatow sets first streamer feature with untitled Netflix comedy
After working with Universal Pictures for the past 15 years on his feature directorial work, Judd Apatow (The King of Staten Island) is shaking things up and has set his next untitled comedy feature at Netflix, his first film for a streaming platform, according to Deadline.
Judd Apatow’s next film is coming to Netflix!
A comedy about a group of actors and actresses stuck inside a pandemic bubble at a hotel attempting to complete a film, Apatow will direct, produce, and co-write the film with Pam Brady.
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The project, which Apatow is directing, producing and co-writing with Pam Brady (Team America: World Police), will center on a group of actors and actresses struggling to complete a film while trapped in a hotel as part of the pandemic bubble. Though no cast members have currently been attached, sources report that the streaming platform is fast-tracking the project and is looking to meet with potential performers in the coming weeks and that the roster could rival that of the all-star hits Knives Out and The Disaster Artist.
Apatow made his feature directorial debut with 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which became a breakout hit for the comedian and established him as a powerhouse talent for Universal Pictures, following it up with hits Knocked Up, Trainwreck and The King of Staten Island, while also producing Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. The 52-year-old filmmaker has worked with Netflix in various capacities over the years, with cameos in Lady Dynamite and Sandy Wexler and acting as co-writer, co-creator and executive producer of Love.
Sources also report that Apatow’s shift to Netflix for the feature project instead of Universal stemmed from the streaming platform’s ability to get the production underway quicker while the latter is still determining which productions to fund in the midst of the pandemic.
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