Skydance Media announced Tuesday that they are entering a new partnership with Netflix to produce “Six Underground.”
The film will be directed by Michael Bay, and star Ryan Reynolds. It is an original story written from writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The plot details have not yet been revealed.
According to Variety, Paramount was originally given the opportunity to finance the film. However, Netflix came in with a substantial offer, which puts “Six Underground” as the company’s highest budgeted film, passing Martin Scorsese’s upcoming, “The Irishman.”
Michael Bay is the director and producer that launched the “Transformers” franchise. He also directed crowd pleasing films like “Armageddon,” “The Rock,” and the video the beloved song, “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meat Loaf. Bay has never been nominated for an Academy Award. He did, however, win a DGA Award for Outstanding Direction of Commercials in 1995.
Ryan Reynolds is the diverse star behind films like “Deadpool,” “Deadpool 2,” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” in which he played Deadpool. The Canadian actor has also starred in films like “Just Friends,” “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” and “Buried.”
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are writing the script for “Six Underground.” They also wrote “Deadpool,” “Zombieland,” and are working on an adaptation of the popular board-game-turned-comedy-classic, “Clue.”
Skydance’s list of productions includes “Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol,” “Rogue Nation,” and “Fallout.” They also produced “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” “World War Z,” “Terminator Genisys,” and “True Grit.”
Netflix is the company responsible for producing films like “Mute” and “Bright.” They also acquire films for distribution, such as this year’s “The Cloverfield Paradox.” Last year, Netflix made history for “Mudbound” and its four Academy Award nominations.
The exact release date has not been announced. But “Six Underground” is expected to begin production this summer, and hit the streaming service in 2019.