Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock has signed up to star in a Netflix movie adaptation of a British miniseries.
2009 British miniseries Unforgiven is getting a feature adaptation, a project that’s been in the works for sometime now and at one point was being crafted for Angelina Jolie to star in. Bullock has now signed up to star and will also be producing.
The original series, written by Sally Wainwright (Last Tango in Halifax, Gentleman Jack), followed a woman who is released from prison after having spent time for committing a violent crime. She finds society isn’t willing to forgive her past and the place she once called home is filled with judgement. She finds a possible path of redemption by searching for the estranged younger sister she left behind when she went to jail.
Directing the film is German filmmaker Nora Fingscheidt, whose well-received drama from this year, System Crasher, has been put forward as Germany’s entry for the 2020 Academy Awards.
The script comes from Oscar-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie, whose credits include The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie and the last two Mission: Impossible films (the latter of which he also directed).
This is the second Netflix film in a row for Bullock, following her 2018 drama-horror film Bird Box. That film was a big hit, according to Netflix. The streaming giant released stats not long after the film’s release revealing that over 80 million accounts had tuned in to watch it in the first month of release alone.
Bullock and Netflix’s partnership is in full swing. The actress is also set to produce an adaptation of Reborn, a sci-fi fantasy comic series by Kick-Ass, Kingsman and Wanted comic mastermind Mark Millar and Greg Capullo. No word as yet if she’ll star in that one.