Just days after it made its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut Passing is in talks to be acquired by Netflix. Netflix is reportedly close to paying nearly $16 million for the film, which premiered to critical praise at the festival (our review of the movie can be found here).
Hall’s film, which stars Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson, is based on a 1929 novella by Nella Larsen (adapted into the screenplay by Hall), and is based around two mixed race childhood friends who reunite in 1920s New York, with one “passing” as white. The film also features André Holland, Alexander Skarsgård, and Bill Camp.
The Passing deal would be but one in a long line of Netflix acquisitions out of Park City. Among the other titles Netflix has brought from Sundance to the screens of homes across the globe are Dee Rees’ Mudbound, Dan Gilroy’s Velvet Buzzsaw, and Oscar winners Icarus and American Factory. Just last year, Netflix picked up three of their biggest films of the last year from Sundance, documentaries Dick Johnson is Dead and Crip Camp, along with Radha Blank’s debut The 40-Year-Old Version.
Read more about Passing and the Netflix deal at Variety.