‘Uncut Gems’ Directors Josh & Benny Safdie Sign First-Look Deal With HBO
This week, Uncut Gems hit Netflix in the streaming service’s United States market. The result of this will likely more eyes on the polarizing film many movie fans hold in such high regard. As first reported by Variety, the filmmakers behind the film Josh and Benny Safdie have signed an exclusive first-look deal with HBO along with A24 Films.
The Safdie Brothers made the deal with HBO through their Elara Pictures banner. Moreover, A24 will reportedly executive produce every project that spawns from the agreement. A24 will reunite with the filmmaker duo following previous collaborations on the aforementioned Uncut Gems as well as the 2017 film Good Time. HBO previously worked with A24 to produce its successful series Euphoria, starring Zendaya. The studio recently produced the award-winning Hulu series Ramy and John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch for Netflix.
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Once a project is complete under the new agreement, it will mark the first time the Safdie Brothers has released work on television. They have achieved much critical and commercial acclaim, with their most recent win happening at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director. With the upcoming launch of the HBO Max streaming service, the deal with Josh and Benny Safdie will help bolster the already impressive library of film and TV.
Uncut Gems is one of the most talked-about films in the last year. The Adam Sandler-starring film grossed over $50 million worldwide. However, despite the box office gross, many fans consider the film to be snubbed by its lack of Academy and Golden Globe award nominations. Additionally, the film ranks at number two on Full Circle’s Top 15 Movies of 2019.
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