Last year Netflix made its first attempt at producing a blockbuster action movie with the fantasy-action hybrid Bright, but it appears the service has upped its ambitions considerably. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will be producing a new Ryan Reynolds action film called Six Underground, which will be directed by Transformers’ Michael Bay.
Bay has become synonymous with bombastic, expensive action flicks, with a filmography made up of movies like Bad Boys, The Rock, and The Transformers franchise. Six Underground will reportedly revolve around “six billionaires who fake their own death and form an elite team to take down bad guys,” but it will likely have some raucous humor thrown into the mix, as well. It was written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the screenwriting duo behind both Deadpool films and Zombieland. Six Underground is expected to begin production this summer, and will be released on Netflix in 2019.
Over the last few years, Netflix has become a go-to television destination with shows like Stranger Things, Jessica Jones, and Altered Carbon. Its feature film ambitions haven’t been quite as successful. The service has mostly focused on acquiring low-to-mid budget movies, or taking studio cast-offs like The Cloverfield Paradox. With the David Ayer-directed Bright, Netflix took the step of simply producing a film on a blockbuster-sized budget on its own. The film was critically panned, but Netflix nevertheless greenlit a sequel. Six Underground, however, will come from one of the biggest action directors in Hollywood history. With the involvement of Reynolds and the Deadpool creative team, it is clearly Netflix’s most ambitious feature film play to date.