Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial Of The Chicago 7 and landed a potential awards season heavyweight in the process.
The streaming platform will release the all-star drama later this year after negotiating the deal with produces Cross Creek Pictures. Paramount had been set to distribute theatrically in the US before its plans were scuppered by the pandemic. Netflix did not comment on a reported $56m price tag.
Marc Platt, Stuart Besser, Matt Jackson and Tyler Thompson are producing the story of the trial of people involved in a protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention that turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard.
The organisers of the protest, including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, and Bobby Seale, were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial made the national news.
The cats includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, Jeremy Strong, Noah Robbins, Danny Flahery, Ben Skenkman, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Caitlin Fitzgerald, Alice Kremelberg, John Doman, J.C. MacKenzie, Damien Young, Wayne Duvall, and C.J. Wilson.
Laurie MacDonald, Walter Parkes, Marc Butan, Anthony Katagas, James Rodenhouse, and Nia Vazirani serve as executive producers with Rocket Science’s Thorsten Schumacher, as well as Slava Vladimirov, Jared Underwood, Andrew Robinson, Jan Mcadoo, Maurice Fadida, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, Ryan Smith, Nicole Shipley, Steve Matzkin, and Sarah Schroeder-Matzkin.