Netflix has signed a new four picture deal with Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, starting with an untitled Ray Romano movie. The Duplass Brothers, veteran American independent filmmakers behind The One I Love, The Overnight, Creep, and Jeff Who Lives at Home are entering into a new agreement for worldwide rights to four upcoming projects that will be exclusively available through the streaming giant. The Duplass Brothers join other high-profile directors like Ava DuVernay and Ryan Murphy, who both have recently signed deals with Netflix.
The first project under the new deal is the untitled Ray Romano movie, which will be released later this year. The story is a bittersweet "bromance" about friendship, mortality, and made-up sports. The movie recently wrapped production and stars Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Mark Duplass. The untitled movie is the second feature film directed by Alex Lehmann (Blue Jay) who co-wrote the script with Duplass. Mel Eslyn, President of Duplass Brothers, is producing along with Alana Carithers and Sean Bradley.
Netflix's relationship with Mark and Jay Duplass goes back to their first feature film, The Puffy Chair, which Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment co-distributed in 2005 as its first feature film acquisition. Ian Bricke, director of independent film at Netflix, called the Duplass Brothers the "most enterprising filmmakers in the business." Brick also went on to share his excitement to continue their work together. He had this to say about the new deal.
"Jay and Mark are the most enterprising filmmakers in the business. They have embraced Netflix as much as our subscribers have embraced their films. Having worked with Mark and Jay for over a decade, we have huge admiration for their creative passion and filmmaking smarts. We are thrilled for this next chapter of our relationship."
Mark and Jay Duplass also released a statement talking about the new 4 picture deal with Netflix. The directing duo appreciate the power that Netflix has behind it and how it has helped them as independent filmmakers. The Duplass Brothers also echoed their excitement to continue their relationship with the streaming giant. They explain.
"Turns out when you make films for Netflix, millions of people all over the world watch them. This is not a terrible thing for an independent filmmaker. As Netflix continues to grow and develop new ways to reach viewers, we couldn't be more thrilled to grow our partnership."
In 2015, Netflix signed an SVOD deal with the Duplass Brothers that included Blue Jay, Take Me, Creep 2, and the upcoming Duck Butter and Outside In.The previous deal gave Netflix exclusive worldwide SVOD distribution rights following a short theatrical release window. The Duplass Brothers also executive produced Netflix's upcoming documentary series Wild Wild Country. The series premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be available on the service , starting March 16th. Whether producing, writing, directing, or acting, the Duplass Brothers have certainly made their mark in the world of independent movies and television on the strength of their quirky and empathetic approach to storytelling. You can check out more about the new 4 picture deal between Netflix and the Duplass Brothers via Variety.