Netflix Inks Production Deal With Filmmaker Peter Berg

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.

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“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.

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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.”

Crackle Original Basketball Docuseries ‘On Point’ Tallies 12 Million Views

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc., one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, on April 8 said the Crackle Original basketball docuseries “On Point” has gathered more than 12 million views since its Feb. 13 launch.

The 10-part docuseries offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of prep and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball, a proving ground for top NBA players for the last several decades. “On Point” spotlights Romeo Langford, now a member of the NBA’s Boston Celtics and Scottie Lewis, now at the University of Florida, among other talented young players. Notable appearances in the series include NBA stars Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Zion Williamson.

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“We are delighted with the tremendous viewer response to this series,” said William J. Rouhana Jr., chairman and CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “With sports seasons being cut short and cancelled altogether, ‘On Point’ has been a great option for fans to learn more about the stories behind the stars they follow on the court.”

Crackle is free to watch and available on all top streaming platforms, connected TVs, game consoles, Crackle mobile apps (iOS, Android) and at Crackle.com. The series was produced by Peter Berg and Film 45 as well as by Complex Networks and is distributed by Screen Media Ventures.

‘Very Bad Things’ Headed for Blu-ray Disc Release

Shout! Factory has set a Jan. 28 release date for it’s special-edition Blu-ray of the 1998 black comedy Very Bad Things, a party-gone-bad classic starring Cameron Diaz, John Favreau, and Christian Slater, and written and directed by Peter Berg.

Extras will include a new audio commentary with film critics Witney Seibold and William Bibbiani, an interview with actors Jeremy Piven and Daniel Stern, the theatrical trailer, and a stills gallery.

The film follows Kyle Fisher (Favreau), who has one last night to celebrate life as a single man before marrying Laura (Diaz). He sets out to Las Vegas with four of his best buddies, but their drug-and-alcohol-fueled bachelor party goes bust when their “stripper” cashes in her chips during a deranged sexual escapade. The friends decide to bury the evidence, which leads to a series of misadventures.

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Very Bad Things grossed almost $10 million at the domestic box office, and just over $11 million internationally.

 

Universal Sets Home Release Dates for ‘Mile 22’ Actioner

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has set home release dates for Mile 22, a modern thriller from the director of Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg.

The film, which earned $35.5 million in U.S. theaters, will arrive on digital Oct. 30 and as a Blu-ray Disc combo pack, DVD and On Demand on Nov. 13.

Mile 22, from STXfilms, stars Wahlberg as James Silva, an operative of the CIA’s most highly-prized and little-known unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must transport an asset (Iko Uwais) who has vital information to an airfield for extraction before the enemy closes in.

From director  Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon), Mile 22 also features performances by Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”), Ronda Rousey (Fast & Furious 7) and John Malkovich (Red).

Bonus features on the Blu-ray Disc combo back, DVD and digital:

  • Overwatch: Follow the “Overwatch,” the para-military division in Mile 22, and explore the background and inspiration as to why this type of team was chosen for the film.
  • Introducing Iko: A spotlight on action star Iko Uwais and his experience with combat fighting, stunt work and choreographing his own scenes in the film.
  • Iko Fight: Interview with Uwais discussing his intense fight scenes from the practice room to the final shot.
  • Bad Ass Women: A behind-the-scenes look with stars Lauren Cohan and Ronda Rousey along with writer Lea Carpenter, discussing stunts, intellectual smarts and the overall tenacity of the film’s female characters.
  • BTS Stunts: An in-depth take on the creation of the action-packed stunts of Mile 22 with commentary from Director Peter Berg and the film’s stars.
  • Modern Combat: Explore the concept of modern action cinema, where scenes are created and shot in real time with multiple cameras, mesmerizing cinematography and intense action stunts.
  • Colombia: Take a tour of Bogota, Colombia with the cast and filmmakers discussing key filming location points.
  • Trailers