Netflix has nabbed worldwide rights to “Heart of Stone,” a Gal Gadot-led espionage thriller that was developed by Skydance Media.
“Heart of Stone” marks the second major movie that Skydance has siphoned off this week. On Tuesday, Amazon Studios emerged as the frontrunner for “The Tomorrow War,” a science-fiction spectacle starring Chris Pratt. Amazon is reportedly shelling out $200 million for global rights, but insiders stress the sale hasn’t been finalized.
Unlike “The Tomorrow War,” which Amazon is purchasing as a completed film, “Heart of Stone” has not been shot yet and remains in the early stages of production.
Tom Harper, best known for “The Aeronauts” and “Wild Rose,” is directing the international action epic from a screenplay by Greg Rucka and Allison Schroeder. Plot details are being kept under wraps.
Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing the film, along with Gadot, Jaron Varsano, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn.
Skydance has been an active seller during the pandemic, recently auctioning off upcoming animated features “Luck” and “Spellbound” to Apple. Streaming services has been something of a salvation for traditional Hollywood studios and production companies, who rely on box office dollars to turn a profit on expensive movies. With U.S. cinemas mostly closed due to COVID-19, the few films that have opened theatrically have struggled to get out of the red.
Netflix and Skydance have previously partnered on films including “The Old Guard” with Charlize Theron, Ryan Reynolds’ “6 Underground” and the upcoming “The Adam Project” starring Reynolds and directed by Shawn Levy.
Gadot recently wrapped production for the Netflix movie “Red Notice.” The heist film, also starring Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson, was originally set up at Universal but was sold to Netflix in 2019. It’s scheduled to debut on the streamer sometime this year, though an exact release date has not been set.
Deadline first reported the news.