Variety reports the streaming service is prepared to spend close to $20 million for the worldwide distribution rights to Berry’s directorial debut, currently screening as a work-in-progress at the Toronto Film Festival.
In response to the reported offer, Berry, 54, took to Twitter to share her astonishment over the generous figure.
“I am speechless. Thank you @netflix for believing in my vision, cannot wait for y’all to finally see #BruisedTheMovie.”
“Bruised” finds Berry both behind and in front of the camera, as the director also stars in the drama about a washed-up MMA fighter struggling for redemption as both an athlete and a mother. The Oscar-winner previously spoke to Variety about the challenges she faced in producing the film, including breaking two ribs during filming.
“I didn’t want to stop because I had prepared for so long,” Berry said. “We had rehearsed; we were ready. So my mind, my director’s mind, was just — keep going. And I compartmentalized that, and I just kept going: ‘I’m not going to stop. I’ve come too far. I’m going to act as if this isn’t hurting. I’m going to will myself through it.’ And so we did.”