Netflix Buys Steven Soderbergh’s Drama ‘High Flying Bird’

Netflix has bought global rights to Steven Soderbergh’s basketball drama “High Flying Bird,” starring Andre Holland, Zazie Beetz, and Melvin Gregg.The streaming giant will release the film next year.

It’s Soderbergh’s first collaboration with Netflix.“We had several strong options for distributing ‘High Flying Bird,’ but to borrow the patois of the movie itself, this deal felt like a slam dunk and the perfect way for me to begin my relationship with Netflix as a director,” Soderbergh said.Joseph Malloch is producing the film.

Executive producers are Ken Meyer and Holland through his Harper Road Films.The story is set during a pro basketball lockout and centers on a sports agent, played by Holland, who presents a rookie basketball client (Gregg) with an intriguing and controversial proposition.

Beetz plays the associate of Holland’s character.Tarell Alvin McCraney, who won an Academy Award for his “Moonlight” script,

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