Hot off the heels of distributing their first feature film in select theaters and online (that would be Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation”), Netflix doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. The streaming service announced today they have acquired two more films for online releases in 2016.
The first of these titles, “Mercy,” comes from writer Chris Sparling, who also wrote and worked on projects such as “Buried,” “ATM” and Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees.” The film is described as a home invasion thriller starring James Wolk and Tom Lipinski in line with Sparling’s other chamber thrillers, which usually feature a minimal amount of characters confined to a particular setting.
The second deal is for the anticipated noir-tinged comedy “Girlfriend’s Day,” co-written and starring Bob Odenkirk, who plays an unlucky greeting card writer who must fight to prove his innocence when he’s framed for murder. Written alongside Philip Zlotorynski and Eric Hoffman (“Mr. Show” and Netflix’s own “W/ Bob and David”), “Girlfriend’s Day” co-stars Amber Tamblyn — the wife of Odenkirk’s comedy partner David Cross — and will also serve as Michael Stephenson’s first narrative work as director.
“Girlfriend’s Day” and “Mercy” will be released worldwide on Netflix sometime in 2016.