Christian Bale will reunite with ‘Hostile’ director Scott Cooper for the Gothic horror-thriller that CAA Media Finance, Endeavor Content, and Madriver sold in Berlin’s European film market. Netflix has made another big deal in the European film market, with director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Black Mass) reporting $ 55 million for worldwide rights to the Christian Bale gothic horror-thriller The Pale Blue Eye.
The film focuses on an attempt to solve a series of murders that took place at the US Military Academy in 1830 at West Point. Oscar-winning Bell, along with Cooper, played the director of the 2017 Western Hostel, a veteran detective who investigates the murders, helped by a young cadet who would later become world-renowned writer, Edgar Allan Poe. Cooper penned the screenplay, an adaptation of the Louis Baird novel of the same name.
Netflix forbade many competitors to secure worldwide rights to the film. CAA Media Finance and Endeavor Content handled domestic sales at The Pale Blue Eye, which features Madriver internationally.
The producers of Cross Creek, The Trial of the Chicago 7 – which Netflix signed a worldwide deal with last summer because the film could not be released in theaters as the producers of COVID-19 – The Pale Blue Eye.
Bell and Cooper produce together with Birdman producers John Lasher and Cross Creek’s Tyler Thompson. Principal photography is set to begin this fall following Bale’s duties on the film Taika Vetti’s Marvel film Thor: Love and Thunder and the untitled David O. Russell, both currently in production.
The streaming giant has been on a buying spree in this year’s all-virtual European film market, previously signing a pair of 8-figure deals: North America and Latin America for the second World War II film Operation Minsmeet: Colin Firth Paid $ 15 million for rights from The King’s Speech producers C-Saw and Cohen Media Group, and $ 18 million for the US. Rights of Liam Neeson-Laurence Fishburne action-thriller The Ice Road in a deal with CAA Media Finance. Deadline first reported Netflix The Pale Blue Eye