It appears as though director Justin Lin is joining forces with Netflix for his next filmmaking project. Similar reports about the streaming service giant that is Netflix collaborating with A-list directing talent on new projects, seems to be arriving on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis nowadays. For related reasons, Netflix has recruited producer Scott Stuber (Patriots Day) to oversee its film production division, moving forward.
Lin will be calling the shots on Netflix’s The Stand Off, a true story-based historical drama/thriller that examines what happened in 1969, when the LAPD’s then newly-formed Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team launched a raid on the Los Angeles headquarters of the Black Panther party (short version: it didn’t go well). The project is based on a screenplay written by Mark Heyman, the writer whose previous credits include the Oscar-winning psycho-thriller Black Swan and critically-acclaimed indie drama The Skeleton Twins, among other films.
Deadline reports that Lin is both directing and producing The Stand Off through his Perfect Storm Entertainment banner, with Tobey Maguire (via his Material Pictures banner) among the film’s co-producers. It sounds as though this will be Lin’s next feature-length helming effort, before he turns his attention to the other projects that he is currently attached to direct – including, the Hot Wheels live-action movie adaptation that was green-lit (with Lin as director) by Legendary, last fall.
The Stand Off makes Lin but the latest in a growing collection of name directors to join forces with Netflix on an original movie project. Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is perhaps the most high-profile of those projects that Netflix has in the pipeline right now, though the streaming service is also premiering such original films as Suicide Squad director David Ayer’s fantasy/crime flick Bright later this year. These films are on top of the growing number of original Netflix TV series that are either currently ongoing or in active development by the service.
As for Lin: the Fast & Furious franchise veteran is currently attached to produce a number of high-profile franchise movies that may or may not get off the ground soon (namely, Space Jam 2 and the Highlander reboot), so a smaller-budgeted dramatic offering such as The Stand Off could offer a refreshing change of pace for the storyteller. Lin lent the high-octane action filmmaking skills that he honed over the course of four Fast & Furious movies to positive effect to Star Trek Beyond last year – and The Stand Off is similarly poised to benefit from Lin’s experience, in that area of directing.
We’ll bring you more details on The Stand Off as they become available.