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Netflix Wins Bidding War, Sets Up Drama Series

Mar 5, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Streaming service Netflix continues to add to its lineup of scripted originals. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the service has ordered a drama series from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij.

The pair, who were behind the 2011 psychological thriller “Sound of My Voice,” are described in the report as “indie darlings.”

The move, which follows what THR calls a “multiple-network bidding war,” comes as Netflix readies to roll out “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Bloodline” later this month. The streaming service ordered eight episodes of the one-hour drama, “The OA.”

“The premise of the drama series is being closely guarded and kept under wraps, but Marling will star and co-write alongside Batmanglij, who will direct,” THR reports. “‘The OA’ will premiere in 2016.”

The project marks the first foray into series television for Marling and Batmanglij. “It builds on their relationship from 2011’s ‘Sound of My Voice,’ and 2013’s ‘The East,’ both of which they co-wrote, Batmanjlij directed and Marling starred,” THR notes. “For her part, Marling also teamed with Mike Cahill on critical hit ‘Another Earth,’ in which she also starred, and all three of which earned rave reviews the Sundance Film Festival.”

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