Lee Daniels' previous film, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, premiered on Hulu last year, and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Andra Day, Daniels' latest film, an exorcism thriller, has now been purchased by Netflix, who emerged triumphant in a bidding war against MGM and Miramax with a $65 million offer that will include production, according to Deadline.
Little is known about the horror thriller yet, which remains untitled. But Daniels will be co-writing the screenplay with David Coggeshall and Elijah Bynum, and Andra Day will be reuniting with Daniels to play the film’s lead, a mother who believes her son (played by Stranger Things’ Caleb LcLaughlin) has been demonically possessed. Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer, Rob Morgan, and Aunjanue Ellis are set to co-star, and the film is expected to begin filming later this year.
Lee Daniels and his films are no strangers to the Oscars. Daniels was a producer on Marc Forster’s 2001 drama Monster’s Ball, starring Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. Berry, of course, won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her stirring performance, becoming the first – and so far the only – woman of color to win in that category. Daniels’ second film as director was the 2009 drama Precious, which earned six Academy Award nominations, including two for Daniels himself (one for directing and another for producing). The film won two Oscars, one for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Mo’Nique and another for Best Adapted Screenplay.