Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington Set To Star In Netflix’s Leave The World Behind, A New Novel By Rumaan Alam, Directed By Sam Esmil

The flick will be directed by American-Egyptian filmmaker, Sam Esmil, and he will adapt the novel for the screen. The project greenlight comes after a rights battle between Apple, Netflix, and MGM. Netflix wins again. Esmil is known for his groundbreaking script work on TBS’s Mr. Robot.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9943874f) Sam Esmail arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Homecoming”, in Los Angeles, CA LA Premiere of “Homecoming”, Los Angeles, USA – 24 Oct 2018

The novel will be published this fall by the HarperCollins publishing imprint Ecco. The book portion was a 7-figure deal and the outline for a budget was part of the negotiation, sources said. This becomes yet another in a spate of precedent-setting deal, including salaries and backends for the stars and filmmaker. (Reported By Deadline)

Roberts and Washington previously starred in the 1993 thriller, The Pelican Brief.

Julia presented Denzel last year with an AFI award. Listen to her intro here, they are really good and we really cannot wait.

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