Russo Bros-produced actioner Mosul acquired by Netflix
After originally being set at 101 Studios last year, the Russo Brothers (Extraction, Avengers: Endgame)-produced action-thriller Mosul has been acquired by Netflix with plans to distribute the film worldwide in November, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film, written and directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z, 21 Bridges) in his feature directorial debut and inspired by Luke Mogelson’s 2017 New Yorker article “The Desperate Battle to Destroy Isis,” the film is based on the true story of one group of Iraqi men fought back against ISIS when the terrorist group took their titular home city and families. The film will focus on the Nineveh SWAT team, a renegade police unit who engaged in guerrilla warfare against the terrorist group in a desperate struggle to save the northern Iraq city, which was also the site to a number of major battles in the mid-2010s.
The cast for the film includes Suhail Dabbach (The Hurt Locker), Adam Bessa (Extraction) and Is’Haq Elias. The Avengers directing duo produced the film with Mike Larocca via their AGBO production banner alongside The New Yorker Studios (The Old Man and the Gun, Only the Brave).
Mosul marks the latest collaboration between the Russo Brothers and a streaming platform after they previously partnered with Netflix for the Chris Hemsworth-starring Extraction, which became the platform’s most-watched original film in their history, and the Tom Holland-starring crime drama Cherry, which was recently acquired by Apple TV+ for an early 2021 release
Executive producers on the film include Todd Mkurath, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely for AGBO alongside Mohamed Al-Daradii (Son of Babylon), Patrick Newall (Anon), Wang Zhongjun, Wang Zhonglei and Hu Junyi for Huayi.
Mosul, which made its world premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, is set to debut on Netflix in November 2020.