Gadot and Johnson were attached with the project when Universal acquired the project as a pitch early following a bidding battle last year, one where Netflix came in second. But Universal announced Monday that it will now release an untitled film in place of the previously announced November 13, 2020 debut of Red Notice.
Johnson also shared the news on Instagram.
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The world is officially on NOTICE. Myself and my co-star partners-in-heist @gal_gadot & @vancityreynolds invite you to join us for the @netflix global event movie known as RED NOTICE. They’re the greatest and most sophisticated art thieves the world has even known and have all the answers. Until I change the questions - because I’m really good at my job too. 190+ countries and growing will all join us to witness at the same time. #REDNOTICE #GlobalEvent #NETFLIX @sevenbucksprod @flynnpictureco Shooting begins JAN 2020
According to Deadline, after Thurber drafted his pitch into a screenplay with a budget, the filmmakers sensed hesitation from Universal in a meeting late last month. When Thurber's finished script was shown to Netflix 10 days ago, the streaming platform committed to everything the filmmakers delivered and a complex deal was brokered during the July 4 holiday break.
In a statement, Thurber said, "I'm beyond thrilled to be making Red Notice with Scott Stuber and Netflix — a company that believes in filmmakers and big ideas for a global audience." Thurber has earlier directed Johnson in Central Intelligence and Skyscraper.
Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot came on board in April. Johnson is expected to get his first $20 million paycheck for this film, reported Variety. Red Notice will be released in 2020.
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