Empire — As part of its continued campaign to release 500,000 movies a year (or maybe more like 70), Netflix is setting up deals with companies such as Ridley Scott’s Scott Free. One such team-up will spawn The Earthquake Bird, with Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough on to star.
Still Alice’s Wash Westmoreland has written the script and will direct the film, adapting Susanna Jones’ award-winning novel. Set in Tokyo, The Earthquake Bird promises to be a female-fronted noir thriller following an expat who is suspected of murder when her friend goes missing while both are in the midst of a passionate love triangle with a local photographer.
The film was originally set up at Amazon, but has lingered in limbo, and now Netflix has nabbed it, aiming for Westmoreland to start shooting this May in Tokyo and on Sado Island.
Vikander is on our screens now in Tomb Raider and will next be seen in Submergence, due on 18 May. Keough appears in Under The Silver Lake, which is headed to US cinemas on 22 June, with a UK release yet to be locked in.