Netflix Snags Richard Linklater’s ‘Hit Man’ in Blockbuster $20 Million Toronto Deal

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Netflix Snags Richard Linklater’s ‘Hit Man’ in Blockbuster $20 Million Toronto Deal

In a major win for Netflix, they have acquired the highly anticipated film ‘Hit Man’ for a whopping $20 million at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed by the acclaimed Richard Linklater and receiving rave reviews at Venice, ‘Hit Man’ was expected to be one of the hottest properties of the fall festival season.

Starring Glen Powell and Adria Arjona, this noir comic thriller promises to be a career-defining moment for both actors.

With Netflix securing distribution rights for multiple countries, including the US and UK, this deal is a game-changer.

The Toronto International Film Festival started slowly on the deal front. Still, Netflix has secured two major acquisitions, with ‘Woman of the Hour’ by Anna Kendrick also joining their lineup for around $11 million.

Produced by AGC Studios, they seem to be on a roll. As this high-profile deal sets the precedent, more exciting deals are expected to follow suit.

‘Hit Man’ is based on a Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth and marks the fourth collaboration between Linklater and Powell.

The film explores the intriguing life of Gary Johnson, a teacher who doubles as a fake hitman for the New Orleans Police Department.

A complicated romantic relationship develops after getting entangled with a mysterious woman who wants to hire him to kill her suffocating husband.

Powell’s outstanding portrayal of the charismatic hitman navigating dangerous waters is bound to captivate audiences.

Produced by AGC Studios, ShivHans Pictures, and Monarch Media, with the involvement of Cinetic Media and Detour Film, ‘Hit Man’ boasts an impressive ensemble cast. Mike Blizzard, Jason Bateman, Michael Costigan, and Richard Linklater are producers, with Stuart Ford, John Sloss, and Shivani Rawat among the executive producers.

This highly anticipated film was primarily filmed in New Orleans and is set to make a big splash in cinema. With its intriguing storyline and stellar cast, ‘Hit Man’ is one to watch.

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