New Line Wins Olivia Wilde-Directed Spec Package ‘Don’t Worry Darling; Auction Drew 18 Bids

Exclusive: One of the widest ranging film spec script auctions in years has ended with New Line winning the deal to finance and distribute Don’t Worry Darling, the genre script that Olivia Wilde will direct and star in. Deadline revealed the auction last week, and it swelled to 18 bidders that included Netflix and monied production companies from Legendary to FilmNation, MGM, Village Roadshow Pictures, Apple and Universal-based Blumhouse. The bids were narrowed to six and then three, and Wilde made the decision to go with New Line, which was aggressive from the start. Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Miri Yoon will produce the film with Wilde and Katie Silberman, who is rewriting the script. Catherine Hardwicke is exec producer.

Why so many bids? Wilde is coming off a much admired directorial debut on Booksmart, and like elevated genre fare that includes Get Out, Don’t Worry Darling

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