Jennifer Lopez, through her banner Nuyorican Productions, has signed a multi-year first look deal with Netflix, the over-the-top (OTT) platform announced on Tuesday. It will be co-run by her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
As per Netflix’s press release, along with “partner Benny Medina”, Lopez and Goldsmith-Thomas will produce “a slate of films, television series, scripted and unscripted content, with an emphasis on projects that support diverse female actors, writers and filmmakers.”
The new deal comes with two projects already in the pipeline, both starring Lopez. The first of these, The Mother, will be helmed by Mulan director Niki Caro, and the second film, called The Cipher, is based on the novel of the same name by Isabel Ojeda Maldonado.
Scott Stuber, Netflix Head of Global Films, said, “Throughout every aspect of her career, Jennifer Lopez has been a force in entertainment. In partnering with her and Nuyorican, we know she will continue to bring impactful stories, joy and inspiration to audiences around the world.”
Lopez, who was last seen in the 2019 film Hustlers, is currently undergoing training for her role in The Mother. With production set to begin this fall, the film is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2022. The story follows a deadly female assassin who comes out of hiding to teach her daughter how to survive, according to the press release from Netflix.
In her statement, Lopez said, “I am excited to announce my new partnership with Netflix. Elaine, Benny and I believe there is no better home for us than a forward leaning content creation company that seeks to defy conventional wisdom and directly market to the millions across the globe who no longer view art and entertainment with the kind of boundaries and limitations of the past. We at Nuyorican Productions are thrilled to find like-minded partners in Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber, Bela Bajaria and the whole team and look forward to getting to work right away.”