Netflix has acquired A Teacher director Hannah Fidell’s 6 Years, a drama produced by the Duplass Brothers, starring Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) and Ben Rosenfield (Boardwalk Empire), with a script by Fidell. The film will premier on the streaming service in all markets later this year. The acquisition is the first major deal of South by Southwest 2015, and we’re hearing that it was in the low 7 figures, “around $1 million.”
The acquisition comes on the heels of the four-picture deal signed at Sundance 2015 between Netflix and the Duplass Brothers, though it is not part of that agreement. “We are thrilled to bring this terrific film 6 Years to audiences at SXSW and Netflix, and to extend our deal with the Duplass Brothers in the process,” Netflix’s Ted Sarandos said in a press release.
The film centers around a young couple (Farmiga and Rosenfield), whose relationship is tested when job opportunities conflict with their future plans. The film costars Lindsay Burdge, Joshua Leonard, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Jennifer Lafleur and Peter Vack. Along with Duplass Brothers Productions, Kelly Williams, Jonathan Duffy, and Andrew Logan also produced in association with Arts & Labor.
ICM Partners and Submarine Entertainment negotiated the purchase.