Netflix has announced that they’ve ordered eight episodes of a new dramatic series called The OA. It will star Brit Marling and be directed by Zal Batmanglij. The duo co-created the series. Netflix is keeping mum about the show’s details for now but it will start steaming some time in 2016.
Here’s the press release:
NETFLIX ANNOUNCES NEW DRAMA SERIES “THE OA”
Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij Created Series that Marling Stars in and Batmanglij Directs
Beverly Hills, Calif., March 5, 2015 — Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, has ordered The OA, a new drama series starring Brit Marling. Zal Batmanglij (Sound of my Voice, The East) will direct, and Marling and Batmanglij will co-write The OA. Eight hour-long episodes of the series will premiere exclusively across all Netflix territories in 2016.
“We are thrilled to be the home of the first television series Brit and Zal create together,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “Whether in front of or behind the camera, or both, their creative voice is always uniquely captivating.”
“Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij are singular innovators who are looking to push boundaries in new ways and embrace this incredible moment of opportunity in television. We are so excited to be a part of this project,” said Plan B Entertainment.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Netflix and Plan B to help bring to fruition Brit and Zal’s extraordinary vision,” said Michael Sugar, executive producer and partner, Anonymous Content.
Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner from Plan B (Oscar winning producers of 12 Years a Slave) and Michael Sugar from Anonymous Content (True Detective, The Knick) are executive producers of the series, along with Marling and Batmanglij. The OA is a Netflix production.
Brit Marling is an actor, writer and producer. She has starred in films including Arbitrage, and the recent I, Origins, and stars in the upcoming The Keeping Room. Previous credits include The East and Sound of My Voice, which she also produced and co-wrote with Batmanglij, as well as Another Earth, which she also produced and co-wrote with Mike Cahill. Director and writer Zal Batmaglij made a splash at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with his feature debut Sound of My Voice, which was released by Fox Searchlight. The studio went on to make his next film The East, which they released in 2013.
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 57 million members in nearly 50 countries enjoying more than two billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
About Plan B Entertainment
Headed by Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Plan B Entertainment has been responsible for producing numerous award-winning and critically acclaimed films including The Departed, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Tree of Life, World War Z, 12 Years a Slave, The Normal Heart, and Selma. The company’s forthcoming slate includes THE BIG SHORT, based on Michael Lewis’s best selling book and to be directed by Adam McKay for Paramount Pictures; James Gray’s THE LOST CITY OF Z, based on David Grann’s best selling book starring Charlie Hunnam; UNDAUNTED COURAGE, a limited series for HBO; MAMMA DALLAS, a half-hour comedy written and directed by Mike White for HBO, DEADBEAT, a half hour comedy for Hulu starring Tyler Labine; and development with a number of marquee filmmakers and writers in both film and television.
About Anonymous Content
Founded in 1999 by CEO Steve Golin, Anonymous Content is a production and management company representing directors, writers, actors, and comedians. Anonymous Content has produced such award-winning and commercially successful films and television series as the Academy Award(R)-nominated films Babel, which also won a Golden Globe(R) Award; Winter’s Bone, which was nominated in four categories for the Academy Awards(R), including Best Picture; The Fifth Estate; Being John Malkovich; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which won an Academy Award(R) for Best Original Screenplay; as well as the box-office smash 50 First Dates. The company’s upcoming film slate includes the thriller Bastille Day, written by Andrew Baldwin and starring Idris Elba, that was recently picked up by Focus Features during the Cannes Film Festival; the Secret Service drama Currency, which was recently acquired by Participant Media and is written by Mark DiStefano with Ric Roman Waugh attached to direct; and The End of the Tour, adapted from David Lipsky’s memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donald Margulies, directed by James Ponsoldt and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel, the film was acquired by A24 after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. The company’s television slate includes the Cary Fukunaga-directed HBO series True Detective, written by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, which received 11 Emmy nominations and 5 wins and is currently in production on season 2; the Cinemax series The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh, written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and starring Clive Owen, which is currently in production on season 2; the upcoming Cinemax series Quarry, based on the series of novels by Max Allan Collins, written by Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, directed by John Hillcoat and starring Logan Marshall-Green; Schitt’s Creek, which was just renewed for a second season on the CBC before its season premiere on the Canadian network and POP (formerly TV Guide Network) stateside; and the hacker drama Mr. Robot, which received a series order at USA Network.
What do you think? Based on the talent involved, do you think you’ll check out this new Netflix series?