A film that’s been knocking around for a while, Red Notice had been set for a November, 2020 cinema release through Universal, and casting news last year confirmed that Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot were both attached to star. Since then, not very much has happened, but now it’s been confirmed via Deadline that Netflix, who originally lost the project in a huge bidding war with Universal, has managed to pick it up after Universal hesitated to actually make it.
With a $130 million-ish budget that includes paying its big stars up front, this is a huge investment for the streaming service, and a third lead has come aboard in the form of Ryan Reynolds, who is also the star of another upcoming Netflix movie, Michael Bay’s 6 Underground.
Red Notice is said to be a “globetrotting action heist thriller” which will feature Johnson as an INTERPOL employee dealing with, er, a red notice – the most serious of the notices that the agency can issue.
Johnson’s Skyscraper director Rawson Marshall Thurber will direct the movie.
“With Red Notice, our goal at Seven Bucks Productions was to break down traditional barriers and create a true global event for the audience. Netflix has illustrated that they are the perfect partners to accomplish this goal,” said Johnson in a statement about the deal. “I admire the ambition of Netflix to become one of the biggest movie studios in the world. Their original content generates critical acclaim and invites full collaboration on every level of production. Their unbridled enthusiasm for Red Notice is equally matched by their commitment to entertaining audiences on an international scale.”
The actor also added that he was excited about “The fun we’re gonna have making Red Notice, but more importantly — the fun the worldwide audience will have watching it in 190+ countries — all at the same moment.”
More on Red Notice as it arrives.