Netflix Receives Rights to ‘Barry’

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Netflix receives the rights to Barry!barry-still

Netflix has landed worldwide rights to Barry, the Vikram Gandhi-directed film that drew high praise at the Toronto Film Festival for actor Devon Terrell in his role as a young Barack Obama. This was a hot property and I’d heard several distributors chased it and Netflix went out in front with an initial bid said to be in the $4.5 million range, though I’m not sure what the final price is. Set in 1981 in New York City, the fact-inspired pic revolves around a young Barack Obama as he tries to find his way as a college student in a new city. He is faced with questions about race, culture, and identity in what proves to be a crucial year in the life of the future U.S. president. Barry premiered in the Special Presentations section Saturday, September 10 at Ryerson Theater. It was a crowd pleaser that scored a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Source: Deadline