Following the end of his tenure as the 44th Commander-In-Chief, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle announced a joint-venture with Netflix. The deal would allow the Obamas to seek out projects worth producing and back them alongside the streaming service. As first reported by Collider, one of the first films to come from that deal will feature creative input from Joe and Anthony Russo.
The film, Exit West, will be based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Mohsin Hamid. Its film rights were acquired by the Russos back in 2017. Additionally, Barack Obama included the book in his must-read list for the year. While both parties declined to comment on the story, it would appear the two duos are joining forces to produce the film for Netflix.
Per the initial report, Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) will star in the upcoming adaptation. Additionally, the film will be directed by Yann Demange (White Boy Rick) with an adapted screenplay by Jessica Goldberg (Cherry).
Exit West, which released in February 2017, follows a young couple, Saeed and Nadia. The two main characters live in an unnamed city in the Middle East undergoing civil war and finally have to flee. Using a system of magical doors, the two are lead to different locations around the globe. The story tackles the global refugee crisis and will undoubtedly get more eyes on real-life stories of people suffering from similar fates.
Following the overwhelming success of Avengers: Endgame, the Russos are choosing their next projects strategically. Additionally, the two will direct the upcoming thriller Cherry starring Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home).
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