• Sep25
    Netflix picks up backwards-moving crime drama

    Movies that progress linearly have been pretty standard for a while, with even big names like The Shawshank Redemption or The Godfather having scenes occur in a chronological fashion (give or take a flashback here and there). However, despite there being an entire Seinfeld episode based around arbitrarily telling a story in reverse, the idea of a movie having its narrative unfold backwards hasn’t really caught on in a meaningful way. According to Variety, though, Netflix is going to give it a try with an original film called Shimmer Lake, a “crime thriller” that happens in reverse.

    Variety says it’s about a “local sheriff’s quest to unlock the mystery of three small-town criminals and a bank heist gone wrong.” The movie will show each day of the investigation in reverse, presumably culminating in the heist itself so the viewer can see how it actually went down. Shimmer Lake will be the directorial debut of screen Oren Uziel, and it stars Rainn Wilson, Benjamin Walker, Stephanie Sigman, and Wyatt Russell.

  • Sep23
    Netflix Acquires Rights to Oren Uziel’s ‘Shimmer Lake’ Starring Benjamin Walker

    Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to “God Particle” screenwriter Oren Uziel’s directorial debut, “Shimmer Lake,” sources tell Variety.

    The film stars Benjamin Walker, “Spectre” actress Stephanie Sigman, Wyatt Russell, and Rainn Wilson. Uziel wrote and directed the film.

    The movie is a crime thriller told backward — reversing day by day through a week — following a local sheriff’s quest to unlock the mystery of three small-town criminals and a bank heist gone wrong.

    With his compassion for his characters and his precise blend of words and images, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan take his place as one of American cinema’s most vital voices.Sponsored by Amazon Studios

    Britton Rizzio and Adam Saunders produced the pic. Production is currently wrapped on the project.

    Uziel, who’s repped by WME and Writ Large, is a rising filmmaker. His highly anticipated “God Particle,” starring David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and produced by J.J. Abrams, bows next February.

    He is also currently developing a handful of projects, including Sony’s “Intern’s Notebook” that Neil Moritz is producing and “Overnight” at Disney. His past credits include penning the scripts to “22 Jump Street” and “Freaks of Nature.”