SXSW: Netflix Snags Global Rights to ‘6 Years’

Netflix has nabbed global rights to Hannah Fidell’s “6 Years” and plans to debut the drama on its streaming service later this year.

The move continues the Internet giant’s aggressive recent forays into the feature film space. Earlier this month, it beat out a range of indie labels for rights to Cary Fukunaga’s feature “Beasts of No Nation” and announced plans to partner with Leonardo DiCaprio on a feature-length documentary about the environment.

Netflix has already fielded Oscar-nominated documentaries “Virunga” and “The Square” and signed deals to produce feature films with Adam Sandler.

6 Years” stars Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) and Ben Rosenfield (“Boardwalk Empire”) as young lovers at a crossroads. It premiered at SXSW, earning a mixed review from Variety‘s Justin Chang, who wrote the picture “too often veers toward melodramatic overstatement.”

The film is Fidell’s follow-up to “A Teacher,” which courted controversy with its look at an affair between a high school teacher and her student.

Lindsay Burdge, Joshua Leonard, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Jennifer Lafleur and Peter Vack also star in the film that was produced by Duplass Brothers Productions, Kelly Williams, Jonathan Duffy and Andrew Logan in association with Arts & Labor.

The film continues the ongoing relationship between the Duplass Brothers and Netflix following the recent announcement of a four-picture deal with the pair.

Financial terms of the “6 Years” deal were not disclosed, but the pact was hammered out between ICM and Submarine.

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