Netflix lands Ryan Reynolds co-writing & acting vehicle Upstate
As if Ryan Reynolds wasn’t already the busiest man in Hollywood, the 43-year-old performer has added another new project to his upcoming roster with the comedy Upstate, which is being developed as a vehicle for him to star in and co-write, according to Variety.
Plot details are currently being kept under wraps for the project, but Reynolds is set to co-write the screenplay with John August, with whom he previously worked on the 2007 ensemble sci-fi psychological thriller The Nines, August acting as writer/director and Reynolds as the lead on the project.
In addition to co-writing and starring, Reynolds is set to executive produce Upstate via his Maximum Effort production banner alongside August. It marks the latest project Reynolds has added to his production banner after signing on earlier this month to the monster comedy Everyday Parenting Tips at Universal Pictures, based on Simon Rich’s New Yorker short story of the same name, in which he is also set to produce and star.
Upstate is also the latest collaboration between the Deadpool star and Netflix, with Reynolds first partnering with the streaming service for Michael Bay’s 6 Underground and currently is awaiting to resume shooting on the action-comedy Red Notice from Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) and co-starring Dwayne Johnson (Jungle Cruise) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman 1984).
Alongside his sole feature directorial credit on The Nines, August is well-known for his work scripting a number of major titles over the years including the early 2000s Charlie’s Angels films, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and multiple Tim Burton collaborations including Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie.
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