Apple Original Films has won the Hollywood bidding war for Jon Watts’ thriller starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
Deadline reports that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” director Watts will write, direct, and produce with Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures and Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment producing. Lionsgate, Sony, Netflix, Universal, Amazon, Annapurna Pictures, and Warner Bros. are also said to have bid on the project that would see a reunion of the “Ocean’s Eleven” stars.
Although plot details are currently under wraps, the film is vaguely said to focus on two fixers who get the same job, explains the report.
Jon Watts is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter, with credits including Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” and the upcoming “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
The film will be released on Apple TV+ but is also apparently getting a “robust theatrical release.” Between them, Clooney and Pitt reportedly left “an eight-figure sum” on the table in order to ensure the film would make it to theatres.
The acquisition is the latest addition to a growing line-up of films from Apple Studios. The Antoine Fuqua-directed “Emancipation,” starring and produced by Will Smith, and Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro are also on the horizon, among other projects.