Another major Netflix feature is on its way starring Idris Elba. Bang! is an adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics series by Matt Kindt and Wilfredo Torres, which will be directed by David Leitch, who previously directed Deadpool 2. Elba has appeared in numerous Netflix Originals, including The Harder They Fall and Beasts of No Nation.
Bang! begins with a terrorist cult looking to start the apocalypse with novels meant to brainwash readers, reports Variety. The world’s most celebrated spy will be sent out to find the author and kill them. If they don’t, things could get worse. The comics will be adapted by Zak Olkewicz (Bullet Train). Elba is a co-producer on the movie with Leitch and Kelly McCormick for 87 North; and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg for Dark Horse.
Netflix and Dark Horse also announced Mind MGMT. This is based on another comic series by Kindt. The story is about a young woman who finds a top-secret mind management program. While she is trying to find it, she meets weaponized psychics, talking dolphins, and immortal pursuers. She starts to question everything she sees. Curtis Gwinn (Stranger Things) is executive producing with Richardson and Goldberg.
Dark Horse and Netflix have teamed up for multiple new projects. They have already seen success with The Umbrella Academy, Polar, Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles, and Chickenhare and the Hammer of Darkness. Blake Lively is set to star in Lady Killer, a thriller about a 1950s housewife who leads a secret life as an assassin. A series based on Revenge Inc., about an underground company helping people seek revenge, is also in development.
Elba is a talented actor who has worked with Netflix on several projects, including The Harder They Fall, Beasts of No Nation, Concrete Cowboy and Turn Up Charlie. Recently he finished work on a Luther reunion movie. The film will be released by Netflix, but the original series is only available to stream on Hulu and Pluto TV. Elba’s next movie, Beast, opens in theaters on Aug. 19.
Last month, Elba told The Daily Mail he hopes to work with Leonardo DiCaprio on a future project. “I went to a friend’s party recently and he was there, and we got into a conversation,” Elba said. “It just felt like, you know what, I would love to work with this dude.” Elba said he thought DiCaprio was a “really nice guy” and an “incredible actor.”
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