Netflix has acquired the 9/11 biopic Worth for release in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Turkey and select other countries.
Higher Ground Productions, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, will present the film alongside Netflix in September 2021, for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Directed by Sara Colangelo (The Kindergarten Teacher), the film stars Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton (The Trial of the Chicago 7, Spotlight, Birdman), Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, The Hunger Games), Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Lost Girls), Tate Donovan, Talia Balsam and Laura Benanti.
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Based on Kenneth Feinberg’s memoir What Is Life Worth, the film follows Kenneth Feinberg (Keaton), an accomplished lawyer appointed Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, tasked by Congress to allocate financial compensation to the victims of the tragedy — to calculate incalculable loss in the face of cynicism, bureaucracy and the politics of division.
Netflix is reportedly in discussions with former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle for a series of original shows aimed at inspiring people.
While no agreements have been signed, The New York Times reports the content – unlike late night TV talk shows – would not be political or platforms aimed at criticizing President Trump or conservatives.
Since leaving the White House, Obama has kept a relatively low profile despite having more than 100 million followers on Twitter and 55 million “likes” of his Facebook page. He and Michelle were reportedly paid more than $60 million for their pending memoirs.
Obama recently appeared on the first episode of David Letterman’s original talk show on Netflix, which has more than 117 million subscribers – including 53 million domestically.
“If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you are listening to NPR,” Obama told Letterman.
Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings and CCO Ted Sarandos have strong ties to Obama, with Hastings often attending state dinners and Sarandos’ wife, Nicole Avant, serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas during the Obama presidency.
Indeed, Hastings reportedly offered to resign earlier this year from the Facebook board over his disagreement with board member Peter Thiel and the latter’s support for Trump. The idea was shot down by Facebook founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg.