Netflix acquires Russo brothers-backed Iraq drama, Mosul
Although aimed as a theatrical release, the pandemic has pushed Mosul to a direct release on the streaming platform
Mosul, an Iraq drama produced by Anthony and Joe Russo, has been acquired by Netflix and will release this November.
The film marks the feature directorial debut of Matthew Carnahan, who is known for co-writing action films like World War Z and 21 Bridges. Carnahan has also penned the script, which was inspired by Luke Mogelson's 2017 piece for The New Yorker, The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS.
Although aimed as a theatrical release, the pandemic has pushed Mosul to a direct release on the streaming platform. Mosul is based on the true events of the Nineveh SWAT team, a renegade police unit that waged a guerrilla operation against ISIS in a desperate struggle to save their home city of Mosul.
Russo Brothers and Mike Larocca have produced the film for AGBO alongside The New Yorker Studios. Jeremy Steckler is also a producer.
Mosul had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival last year. Another Russos-backed project, Extraction, starring Chris Hemsworth also released on Netflix in April.