Jay and Mark Duplass have inked a new deal for four films with Netflix, launching with “The Untitled Duplass Brothers Ray Romano Project,” due out later this year.
The Duplass brothers are independent filmmakers whose work has included “The One I Love,” “The Overnight,” “Creep,” “Cyrus” and “Jeff Who Lives at Home.”
In an announcement, Netflix offers this description of “The Untitled Duplass Brothers Ray Romano Project”: “A bittersweet bromance about friendship, mortality, and made-up sports, the film recently wrapped production starring Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Big Sick) and Mark Duplass. The untitled film is the second feature film directed by Alex Lehmann (Blue Jay) who co-wrote the script with Duplass. Mel Eslyn, President of Duplass Brothers, is producing with Alana Carithers and Sean Bradley.”
Netflix’s relationship with Mark and Jay Duplass goes back to their first feature film, “The Puffy Chair,” which Netflix’s Red Envelope Entertainment co-distributed in 2005 as its first feature film acquisition.
Ian Bricke, director of independent film at Netflix, commented: “Jay and Mark are the most enterprising filmmakers in the business. They have embraced Netflix as much as our subscribers have embraced their films. Having worked with Mark and Jay for over a decade, we have huge admiration for their creative passion and filmmaking smarts. We are thrilled for this next chapter of our relationship.”
In a joint comment, Jay and Mark Duplass added: “Turns out when you make films for Netflix, millions of people all over the world watch them. This is not a terrible thing for an independent filmmaker. As Netflix continues to grow and develop new ways to reach viewers, we couldn’t be more thrilled to grow our partnership.”
Netflix signed an SVOD deal with the brothers in 2015 that included “Blue Jay,” “Take Me,” “Creep 2” and the upcoming “Duck Butter” and “Outside In.” The deal gave Netflix exclusive worldwide SVOD distribution rights following a short theatrical release window.
The Duplass Brothers also executive produced Netflix’s upcoming documentary series “Wild Wild Country,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be available on the streaming service March 16.