Last week the Sundance Film Festival opened with many new movies and A-list celebrities that will premiere throughout the year. One film that caught the audience’s eye is Fair Play starring Phoebe Dynevor and Alden Ehrenreich.
The film was sold to Netflix in a massive $20 million deal. The agreement was made the support of global rights.
Although Netflix bought the movie, Fair Play was in a bidding war with two big distributors, Neon and Searchlight. Another film in a bidding war right after Fair Play is John Carney’s Floral and Son, a musical drama starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Eve Hewson.
Fair Play is a psychological thriller directed by Chloe Domont, best known for her work on Star Trek: Discovery and Ballers. Dynevor and Ehrenrecich play an engaged couple who maintain their relationship a secret because they are co-workers at a hedge fund company. However, the film takes a spin when Dynevor’s character gets promoted before Ehrenreich’s character causing their relationship to shift.
This is Domont’s first feature film after previously directing and writing tv series like Ballers, Billions, and Suits. Knives Out writer and director Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman from T-Street served as executive producers on the film.
Variety writes film critic Owen Gleiberman’s opinion, “It’s one of the rare Sundance films that could totally break through in the real world,” he wrote. “And in an age when movies like Tár and The Fabelmans have struggled, that makes it a special commodity.”