Netflix has seized yet another titan within the film industry—however, this time, it’s a different kind of titan. Mark and Jay Duplass are the independent film champions who’ve brought us hilarious indie gems like Safety Not Guaranteed with Aubrey Plaza, and the impressive and pioneering Tangerine, which was all shot on an iPhone. Both brothers started out acting, with Mark Duplass recently appearing in the forthcoming Charlize Theron starrer Tully.
The Duplass brothers have officially accepted Netflix’s four-picture deal, with their first project being released later this year, starring Ray Romano. The untitled Ray Romano film is being described as a “bittersweet bromance about friendship, mortality, and made-up sports,” per THR. This deal is not the beginning of the beautiful friendship between Netflix and the Duplass brothers. In 2015, they signed an SVOD deal with the streamer that included movies Blue Jay with Sarah Paulson, Take Me with Taylor Schilling, Creep 2, and the forthcoming Duck Butter and Outside In with Edie Falco.
“Turns out when you make films for Netflix, millions of people all over the world watch them. This is not a terrible thing for an independent filmmaker,” said the Duplass brothers in a statement regarding their new deal. Mark and Jay also have a memoir on the way, to be published in May.
The brothers are hardly the first silver-screen icons to head to Netflix. Just one week ago, Ryan Murphy signed a $300 million deal with the streamer.