Netflix‘s original content has surpassed anyone’s expectations. From Orange Is The New Black to House Of Cards and Stranger Things, Netflix has the magic touch when it comes to good, binge-worthy TV shows, but their original movies haven’t been gaining as much acclaim. Their documentaries get more notice than their movies, with works like Making A Murderer and Hot Girls Wanted surpassing their feature films. Now, on the tail of recent release Barry, which got some attention, Netflix is really pushing their original movie content with To The Bone.
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To The Bone is centered around a girl, played by Lily Collins, who suffers from anorexia and follows her as she attempts overcoming her life-threatening disease. It also touches on how her disease affects others in her life. Sound serious? Don’t worry. The movie is actually supposed to be a dramedy and even its trailer is really funny. The movie, directed by Marti Noxon, has a knack for mixing hilarity and drama. Noxon the mastermind behind UnReal and helped produce Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
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Noxon has been working on the script for awhile, pulling from her own personal experiences. Once she nailed the script, she had a hard time selling a movie centered around an eating disorder. “It seemed like male producers didn’t understand,” she told IndieWire. “I was told a number of times that it was just too small a topic. I was like, ‘What? Really?’ Half the movies that get made are about some really talented white guy who understands jazz, you know? So many of the indie movies that get made are not about topics that touch millions and millions of people.”
After the movie premiered at Sundance and earned rave reviews, Netflix was quick to buy it. It cost them a cool $8 million, but the trailer just dropped and it looks amazing.
Netflix took a chance and it just might pay off. If the trailer is any indication, To The Bone may be Netflix’s most successful feature-film to date.