The Sundance Film Festival is underway, and as usual, it’s giving studios old and new a chance to snatch up a movie or two. And Netflix is wasting no time in acquiring their share. Per Deadline:
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Jim Strouse’s modern comedy, The Incredible Jessica James, ahead of its world premiere as the Closing Night film at Sundance.
The pic will be branded as a Netflix original film and launch globally this year to Netflix viewers in 190 countries.
Written and directed by Strouse, the film stars Jessica Williams (The Daily Show) as a young, aspiring playwright in New York City who is struggling to get over a recent breakup. She is forced to go on a date with the recently divorced Boone, played by Chris O’Dowd, and the unlikely duo discover how to make it through the tough times in a social media obsessed post-relationship universe. Lakeith Stanfield and Noël Wells co-star.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Netflix movie purchasing model pans out. Hopefully, this is the first step to an illustrious movie career for the Daily Show alum.