October 12, 2021
Netflix has entered a multiyear feature film deal with actor/comedian Omar Sy. The deal will see Sy’s Paris and L.A.-based production company develop original films for Netflix, with the “Lupin” star appearing in and executive producing projects.
Netflix’s live-action series “Lupin” features Sy as Assane Diop, a character inspired by the French thief Arsène Lupin. Created by George Kay, with the first three episodes having been directed by Louis Leterrier, “Lupin” is one of Netflix’s most popular series to date. Sy is partnering again with Leterrier on his upcoming action comedy film Tour de Force, co-starring Laurent Lafitte and launching on streamer globally in 2022.
“I have experienced Netflix’s collaboration with artists and their passion to bring unique and diverse stories to homes all over the world,” Sy said in a statement. “I am very happy to have the opportunity to extend the relationship and look forward to this next step of our journey together.”
Gaelle Mareschi, director, international original film for Netflix in France, said the streamer has benefited immensely working with Sy, who is best known to American viewers in The Intouchables (2011), Jurassic World (2015) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
“We look forward to working together with Omar and his team as he grows as a producer and brings more unique stories and voices to Netflix,” Mareschi said.