Apple wins bidding war for spy romance film starring Idris Elba and Simon Kinberg

Apple has won the rights to a still-unnamed spy flick starring Idris Elba which will debut on its award-winning streaming service, Apple TV+. The film is described as “a spy movie with romance” and will be set in Africa. Additional details about the film are unknown at the moment.

Apple TV+ is the company video streaming service that was launched in 2019. Designed to premier original content, the service has won two Emmy awards in a short time for Peanuts in space and Ghostwriters kids shows. This monthly fee subscription service offers an interesting variety of films, talk shows, series, documentaries, and more.

Apple Wins Rights to New Spy Film

As reported by Variety, there was an “intense bidding war” for this un-named title which is being produced by Elba and Simon Kinberg. The script for the film was written by Travon Free, a comedian, and writer known for his work on ‘The Daily Show.’ The publisher detailed that,

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

In July, it was reported that Elba and his Green Door Pictures production company signed a first-look deal with the streaming service. Under the deal, Elba and Green Door would produce both series and films for Apple’s originals streaming platform. Simon Kinberg has his own deal with the company and is currently working on an untitled sci-fi series for the tech giant.

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The Cupertino tech giant has recently signed first-look deals with several notable production companies, including Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, and Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions.

Additionally, the streaming service is set to premiere a new espionage thriller, Tehran, Written by Moshe Zonder and directed by Daniel Syrkin, next month. Scheduled to release on Friday, September 25, the thriller will be available on the video streaming service, globally.

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Apple TV+ service is compatible with iOS via Apple TV app and available for $4.99 per month with seven days free trial for new subscribers. The video streaming service is also available on tv.apple.com and selected Samsung TVs, Roku devices, LG smart TV, and Amazon Fire TV.

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