A little over a week ago, we told you that Jake Gyllenhall and Antoine Fuqua were teaming up again for a dark thriller titled, The Guilty. At the time, the movie did not have a distribution home, but that changed quickly.
It’s being reported this week that Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the film in a cool $30 million deal.
The streamer has been very aggressive in recent weeks, acquiring the Halle Berry-directed Bruised for $20 million just before it screened as a work in progress at the Toronto Film Festival; Pieces of a Woman for $10 million, and the Sam Levinson-directed Zendaya-John David Washington starrer Malcolm & Marie for $30 million, all out of the TIFF market.
The Guilty is scheduled to start filming sometime before the end of the year, which means it could be looking at a release date sometime in 2021.
It takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Bayler (Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger—but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.
Certainly sounds like it’ll be easy to film in these COVID-19 guidelines. Single location, only a few characters…it’s the perfect film to shoot in a pandemic.
We’ll keep you posted as more information is released.