Millie Bobby Brown to star in the new Russo brothers movie on Netflix.
Netflix is supposedly drawing back on pricey vanity projects, the sort of movies that seem like apparent awards plays that no other movie studio would pay for.
But that doesn’t apply to big-budget genre movies with multiple big-name stars like, for example, Joe and Anthony Russo’s The Electric State, which is set to star Millie Bobby Brown (and potentially Chris Pratt, who thinks overly religious people are kind of weird now).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix just took over the project from Universal, which “balked at the price tag” (reportedly over $200 million) and dumped it.
The Electric State seems like something destined for Netflix anyway, though, with the Russos coming off of Netflix’s The Gray Man (coming next month) and Millie Bobby Brown being an integral part of the whole Netflix ecosystem (not to mention that nearly all of her non-Netflix movie roles have involved being friends with Godzilla). Maybe that’s why Netflix is happy to throw $200 million at it.
THR says The Electric State is based on Simon Stålenhag’s 2018 illustrated novel of the same name, and it’s about an orphaned teenager (Brown) searching “an American west that is reminiscent of a retro-future” for her missing brother, alongside a “sweet but mysterious robot” and “an eccentric drifter.”
Millie Bobby Brown
Longtime Russo collaborators Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will be writing the script, having previously written Avengers: Endgame and The Gray Man.
Pratt is still “in talks” for the film, so he’s not officially onboard yet, but working with the Russos again seems like a smart move.
The last couple of movies he made with them were a big deal, and maybe this time, they won’t make his character the one who blows the whole thing.
Rumors surfaced earlier this year that Chris Pratt was in talks to co-star. While a deal hasn’t closed, sources say Pratt remains talks to board the project.
The film is based on an adaptation of the illustrated novel by Simon Stålenhag and is set in a retro-futuristic past, where an orphaned teenager (Brown) traverses the American West with a sweet but mysterious robot and an eccentric drifter in search of her younger brother. Angela Russo-Otstot, Jake Aust, Geoff Haley, Markus, and McFeely are exec producing.
Netflix has been circling the project since the top of the year, but the key was lining up schedules for the Russos and Brown.
With deals now closed, the film looks at a fall start date. While an exact number is unknown for the budget, sources say it will rival what Netflix spent on Gray Man, given the film’s scope.
Brown is coming off her acclaimed performance in the fourth season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, which officially became the most significant series in the streamer’s history following its premiere over Memorial Day weekend.
The conclusion, Volume 2, bows Friday. Brown also has the Netflix action-adventure pic Damsel coming up, as well as Enola Holmes 2.
Besides The Gray Man, the Russos and AGBO have continued their partnership with Netflix as they recently finished production on the sequel to Extraction with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role. AGBO is producing.
Producing is the Russos via their AGBO banner, along with the company’s co-founder, Mike Larocca. Chris Castaldi and Patrick Newall are also making. Angela Russo-Otstot, Jake Aust, Geoff Haley, Markus, and McFeely are executive producing.
Production is slated to begin in October in Atlanta.
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