Denzel Washington & Julia Roberts reunite for Leave The World Behind
Netflix is expanding its roster of high-profile upcoming projects by landing the rights to Rumaan Alam’s forthcoming novel Leave The World Behind with Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts reuniting after 1993’s The Pelican Brief, according to Deadline.
The novel is set to hit shelves on October 6 and the official synopsis reads as follows:
In addition to landing Roberts and Washington to star as Amanda and G.H., Netflix has signed Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail to direct and adapt the novel, reuniting him with Roberts after the two worked closely together on the first season of Amazon’s Homecoming, in which Roberts starred and executive produced, while Esmail was co-creator and executive producer.
The rights to the novel came in a seven-figure deal with the streaming platform after a heated biding war amongst various streaming platforms and studios, with Netflix, Apple and MGM leading the pack of 10 other bids for film or limited series adaptations, with the former coming out victorious.
The Oscar winners have reportedly been itching to work together again after the 1993 adaptation of the John Grisham legal thriller novel, in which, though it received mixed reviews from critics, the two received praise for their performances and chemistry on screen.
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