Netflix orders Robert De Niro thriller, preps ‘Stranger Things’ for London Theatre debut

Robert De Niro

Netflix has ordered a conspiracy thriller starring Robert De Niro in his first TV series and unveiled a theatre prequel to its hit series, Stranger Things.

Zero Day is from Eric Newman and Noah Oppenheim, with Lesli Linka Glatter attached to direct.

Newman’s Grand Electric Productions, which has a deal with Netflix, is attached, with De Niro executive producing in what will be his first TV series. The six-parter explores how to find truth in a world in crisis.

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Newman said: “I am a lifelong fan of Robert De Niro. To have him as a producing partner and star in this show is beyond my wildest dreams. And Lesli Linka Glatter has directed so many of my favorite episodes of television; she was our clear first choice to direct this show.”

Peter Friedlander, VP of scripted series at Netflix in the US and Canada, added: “Zero Day is a shrewd, heart-pounding conspiracy thriller that will keep audiences at the edge of their seat.”

The global streamer has also confirmed that Stranger Things will make its stage debut in London later this year.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow has been written by Kate Trefry, who created the story with the Duffer Brothers and Jack Thorne.

The stage show will receive its world premiere “in late 2023” at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End, directed by Stephen Daldry with co-direction by Justin Martin.

It will be produced by Netflix and Sonia Friedman Productions. The Duffer Brothers act as creative producers, with 21 Laps as associate producer.

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