Idris Elba and Simon Kinberg Untitled Spy Romance Film Comes to Apple


Idris Elba and Simon Kinberg have teamed up for an untitled spy film, which after an intense bidding war, has landed at Apple.

Elba will star and produce the film, which is described as a “spy movie with romance” set in Africa. Kingberg and Audrey Chon, president of Kinberg’s Genre Films will produce. The script for the film comes from Travon Free, best known for “Black Monday” and “The Daily Show”.

The new project marks another return to the spy genre for Kinberg, who wrote “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and upcoming spy thriller “355” starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger and Fan Bin Bing is slated for release by Universal in January 2021. He is also producing “Death on the Nile,” the Kenneth Branagh mystery thriller.

In July, Variety reported that Elba and his production company Green Door Pictures had signed a first deal with the streamer. As part of the deal, Elba and Green Door would produce both series and features for Apple’s streaming platform, Apple TV Plus. Kinberg has his own first look deal with the streamer, with an untitled sci-fi series in the works.

Kinberg and Chon sold “Here Comes the Flood” to Netflix in May after a similar bidding war. Jason Bateman is in negotiations to direct this film, which comes from a script by Kinberg.

Next up for Elba is “Concrete Cowboy,” in which the award-winning SAG and Golden Globe actor stars and is also produced. Directed by Ricky Staub, “Concrete Cowboy” is scheduled to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. Elba is also starring in “The Suicide Squad,” released in the summer of 2021, and is expected to begin production on Netflix’s “The Harder They Fall” imminently.

Elba is represented by WME, The Artists Partnership and Ziffren Brittenham LLP.


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