EXCLUSIVE: If some of film executives have looked a bit distracted at the agency Oscar parties tonight, it’s because they were waging a rather breathtaking auction for I Am Not Alone, a 22-page short story that is an ideal template for a major genre film. The dust is just settling, but I am hearing that Netflix is closing up a high-six figure deal for an outright buy of the story, with mid-seven figures pledged to Lovecraft Country’s Misha Green to write the script and direct as a star vehicle for Oscar winner Jessica Chastain.
Five bidders chased this one over 72 hours and it came down to Netflix and Warner Bros. A big reason for the outcome is that Green wanted this to be with a streamer.
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