Netflix is teaming up with Dee Rees again.
After distributing her critically-acclaimed Oscar-nominated film Mudbound, Netflix has landed the Rees-directed The Last Thing He Wanted.
It is adapted from Joan Didion’s 1996 political thriller of the same name.
The rights were optioned in 2016 by Mudbound producer Cassian Elwes of Elevated, who is producing with Rees.
Rees co-wrote the script with Marco Villalobos.
Wanted, which is said to have a cult-like following for Didion fans, centers on a Washington Post journalist (Anne Hathaway) who gets thrown into the dangerous world of arms dealing by a covert government operation.
“This work is one of my favorite Joan Didion novels and is a brilliant and layered piece of fiction. I am forever attracted to interesting, unexpected characters and Didion is one of the greatest masters of the form. I’m so excited to be able to interpret this literary masterpiece,” said Rees in an earlier statement.
“Dee Rees is an incredibly talented filmmaker, who continues to make provocative and entertaining films. We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Dee and proud to have her part of the Netflix family,” said Netflix film group head Scott Stuber.
Mudbound came at a time when Netflix original films were just beginning to become serious award contenders. Wanted will probably be in those conversations as well, but time will tell if they will be considered as true players (Mudbound few nods included Best Adapted Screenplay and an acting nod for Mary J. Blige).
Principal photography is set to begin in June.
THR was the first to report the Netflix news.