March 30, 2021
Netflix has inked an output deal with director Peter Berg’s Film 44 production company, in a first-look deal to produce and direct live-action films and TV series. Berg, whose directorial credits include The Kingdom, Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights and Very Bad Things, directed Spenser Confidential for Netflix in 2020.
The movie, which stars one of Berg’s favorite actors, Mark Wahlberg, generated 85 million viewers in its first four weeks of release — becoming one of the most popular Netflix films.
“Pete Berg has created iconic television. Authentic, visceral and kinetic, Berg’s style has elevated storytelling for years and we are proud to welcome him to Netflix,” Brian Wright, head of overall deals at Netflix, said in a statement.
Last year it was announced that Berg will executive produce and direct all episodes of the limited series “Painkiller,” a new scripted drama about the origins of the opioid crisis. Berg is currently developing The Colonel’s Wife, which he will write, direct and produce.
Berg and Netflix film chief, Scott Stuber, have a long history of working together, including films Patriot’s Day and Kingdom.
“Pete makes movies that captivate and thrill us,” added Tendo Nagenda, VP of Netflix Film. “He can put a fresh spin on classic and beloved characters like he did with Spenser Confidential, as well as find and tell original stories that entertain the world. We’re thrilled to have him and Film 44 officially at Netflix.”