Netflix have acquired the upcoming sci-fi movie Stowaway, which will star Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette. The film was originally set up at Sony Pictures, but with the pandemic ongoing, this is another example of a traditional studio selling a title to a streamer instead of having to face the uncertainty of when or how to release a film in the current climate.
Joe Penna (Arctic) directs the film from a script he co-wrote with Ryan Anderson. The film revolves around a mission heading to Mars, where an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. With resources dwindling, a medical researcher emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander and the ship’s biologist.
Stowaway now being a Netflix film is pretty familiar to Collette, who has previously starred in Velvet Buzzsaw and this year’s I’m Thinking Of Ending Things for the streamer. Kendrick has also had plenty of experience working with streaming platforms; she starred in the HBO Max romantic drama Love Life earlier this year, and also led the short-lived Quibi series Dummy.
Stowaway will be the latest piece of sci-fi content for Netflix, who have always pushed the genre hard. Titles like the Lost In Space reboot and I Am Mother come to mind, and George Clooney‘s upcoming The Midnight Sky, which arrives late December, should help continue to keep the genre strong for Netflix.
There’s no word yet as to when Stowaway will be released, but it finished shooting back in 2019, so it’s likely not too far away.