Noam Baumbach, director of the Oscar-nominated film Marriage Story, will be writing and directing Netflix’s adaptation of White Noise, Don DeLillo’s novel of the same, the streaming giant announced on Thursday. The film is the first project in an exclusive deal Baumbach has signed with Netflix.
“The writer and producer will exclusively write and direct films for Netflix for the next several years,” said a press release issued by Netflix on Thursday. Baumbach will produce White Noise alongside David Heyman, with whom he also produced Marriage Story.
Published in 1985, White Noise, winner of the US National Book Award for Fiction, 1985, “tells the story of Jack Gladney, his fourth wife, Babette, and their four ultramodern offspring, as they navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism,” according to Goodreads.
“When I started in the film industry I dreamed of having a home. It took me about 25 years but it was worth the wait. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be making movies with Ted and Scott and everyone at Netflix, who are wonderful collaborators and friends and family,” Baumbach said in the press release.
Co- CEO and Chief Content Officer, Netflix, Ted Sarandos said, in the press release “For more than two decades Noah has been writing and directing some of the most personal and influential films in American cinema. When we started to work together almost 4 years ago, he immediately felt like family and I’m thrilled we’re finally making it official.”
Baumbach’s first film with Netflix was in 2017 with The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson, which premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival that year. His next, Marriage Story, starred Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson and Laura Dern and was nominated for six Academy Awards in 2020. The film won Dern the Academy award for Best Supporting Actress.
Shooting for White Noise will begin later this year.