Remember earlier this year when it was revealed that Sam Levinson wrote/directed a film with Zendaya and John David Washington while in quarantine?
The film, Malcolm & Marie, was one of the first movies to shoot during the lockdown, and they did it in secret and under strict COVID-19 guidelines.
The film came about after Levinson and Zendaya were told their series Euphoria had to shut down. The actress asked Levinson if he would write and direct a movie with her during quarantine. The concept came through quickly as did the script, and they focused on Washington, the fast rising star of BlackKklansman and Tenet.
They shot the film back in late June at Feldman Architecture’s Caterpillar House in Carmel, California.
Washington plays a filmmaker who returns home with his girlfriend (Zendaya) following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what’s sure to be imminent critical and financial success. The evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the strength of their love.
Levinson put together a promo reel for the movie and it was put in front of buyers last week. According to the report from Deadline, several studios were in on the bidding, but Netflix came out on top.
They reportedly purchased worldwide rights for nearly $30 million, which is pretty damn impressive for Levinson and the crew, considering it was shot in just two weeks under a laundry list of restrictions.
The cast and crew of Malcom & Marie will share a portion of the proceeds of this sale with Feeding America. The film was shot at a modest budget and some of the key below the liners made deals that profit off the back end. The big sale will make that a reality and a big help for a time that work is difficult to find.