Netflix has ordered “The OA,” a new drama series starring Brit Marling. Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice, The East) will direct, and Marling and Batmanglij will co-write “The OA.” Eight hour-long episodes of the series will premiere exclusively across all Netflix territories in 2016.
“We are thrilled to be the home of the first television series Brit and Zal create together,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “Whether in front of or behind the camera, or both, their creative voice is always uniquely captivating.”
“Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij are singular innovators who are looking to push boundaries in new ways and embrace this incredible moment of opportunity in television. We are so excited to be a part of this project,” said Plan B Entertainment.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Netflix and Plan B to help bring to fruition Brit and Zal’s extraordinary vision,” said Michael Sugar, executive producer and partner, Anonymous Content.
Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner from Plan B (Oscar-winning producers of 12 Years a Slave) and Michael Sugar from Anonymous Content (“True Detective,” “The Knick”) are executive producers of the series, along with Marling and Batmanglij. “The OA” is a Netflix production.
Actor, writer and producer Brit Marling has starred in films including Arbitrage, and the recent I, Origins, and stars in the upcoming The Keeping Room. Previous credits include The East and Sound of My Voice, which she also produced and co-wrote with Batmanglij, as well as Another Earth, which she also produced and co-wrote with Mike Cahill. Director and writer Zal Batmaglij made a splash at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with his feature debut Sound of My Voice, which was released by Fox Searchlight. The studio went on to make his next film The East, which they released in 2013.
Headed by Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Plan B Entertainment has a forthcoming slate which includes The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis’s best selling book and to be directed by Adam McKay for Paramount Pictures, James Gray’s The Lost City of Z, based on David Grann’s best selling book starring Charlie Hunnam, and “Mamma Dallas,” a half-hour comedy written and directed by Mike White for HBO.
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