Netflix acquires Zendaya and John David Washington movie for R500 million

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  • Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights for Malcolm & Marie.
  • The film directed by Sam Levinson stars Zendaya and John David Washington and was filmed during quarantine.
  • The streaming service reportedly bought the film for $30 million (R500 million).


Zendaya and John David Washington's film Malcolm & Marie is coming to Netflix.

The streaming service acquired the rights of the film for $30 million (R500 million) at the virtual Toronto Film Festival, reports Entertainment Weekly.

In a press release, Netflix described the movie as an "achingly romantic drama in which a filmmaker (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what's sure to be imminent critical and financial success".

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The film is written and directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, after Zendaya asked him if he could write and direct a film during quarantine.

READ MORE | Zendaya and John David Washington secretly filmed a movie during quarantine

According to Variety, Netflix also bought the rights to Halle Berry's directorial debut Bruised which premiered at the festival and Pieces of a Woman starring Vanessa Kirby for which she won the Best Actress award at the Venice Film festival.

Halle thanked the streaming service. Alongside a picture, she wrote: "Thank you Netflix. Excited to go on the journey with you!"

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