Netflix announced on Wednesday that it has signed a first-look deal with Leonardo DiCaprio and his production company Appian Way on documentary film and series projects that will premiere exclusively on the streaming platform.
Netflix first partnered with DiCaprio in October, when he signed on as the executive producer of Virunga (pictured), which went on to earn an Oscar nomination for best documentary feature.
Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Netflix and DiCaprio will work together to develop and acquire fact-based projects, with a focus on environmental and conservation themes. DiCaprio will serve as producer or executive producer on all the projects.
Based in Los Angeles, Appian Way has produced such DiCaprio vehicles as The Wolf of Wall Street, Shutter Island and The Aviator, as well as the psychological thriller Orphan, Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale, and The Ides of March, starring George Clooney. Jennifer Davisson serves as president of production.
Appian Way’s slate of upcoming productions includes an untitled film about falsely-accused Atlanta Olympics bombing suspect Richard Jewell, starring Jonah Hill, and a big-screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live by Night, which Ben Affleck will script, direct and star in.
The company also has a first-look theatrical deal with Warner Bros.