‘The Starling:’ Netflix Lands $20 Million Deal for Ted Melfi’s Film, Starring Melissa McCarthy

Netflix has reportedly won an auction and acquired the world rights to the Ted Melfi-directed “The Starling” in a $20 million deal.Deadline reported the transaction was made on the basis of a script and a four-minute promo reel, underlying the lengths that companies will go to to secure noteworthy original content in an entertainment industry suffering from a drought of new films and television shows.More from IndieWire’Trolls World Tour’ Dominates VOD Charts While ‘Despicable Me‘ Tops NetflixNetflix to Add More Classic Films With Charlie Chaplin, François Truffaut, and More Set to StreamAlthough Netflix has begun shelling out more money for original film and television projects over the last year as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to bulk up its originals’ slate, its “The Starling” pickup is particularly notable; Netflix higher-ups might not have had an opportunity to watch the final cut of the film,

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