Netflix Greenlights THE OA Drama Series from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij

     March 5, 2015


When it comes to original content, Netflix is showing no signs of slowing down. The streaming service announced today that it has issued a straight-to-series order for The OA, a new drama series from the filmmaking team of Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij. Marling and Batmanglij co-wrote and co-produced the Sundance hits Sound of My Voice and The East, with Marling starring in both films and Batmanglij directing. The duo will executive produce the Netflix show alongside Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner (12 Years a Slave) as well as Michael Sugar (True Detective, The Knick) from Anonymous Content.

Marling and Batmanglij will assume their same roles on eight hour-long episodes of The OA, with Marling starring, Batmanglij directing, and the two co-writing the series. The show is set to debut sometime in 2016 across all Netflix territories, and while plot details are under wraps, it’s believed to have some sort of mystery element. Marling and Batmanglij proved with their previous two films that they do the thriller genre very well, so I’m excited to see how their talents are applied to this long-form format.

the-oa-brit-marlingRead the full press release below:

Beverly Hills, Calif., March 5, 2015 — Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, has ordered The OA, a new drama series starring Brit Marling. Zal Batmanglij (Sound of my Voice, The East) will direct, and Marling and Batmanglij will co-write The OA. Eight hour-long episodes of the series will premiere exclusively across all Netflix territories in 2016.


“We are thrilled to be the home of the first  television series Brit and Zal create together,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “Whether in front of or behind the camera, or both, their creative voice is always uniquely captivating.”


“Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij are singular innovators who are looking to push boundaries in new ways and embrace this incredible moment of opportunity in television. We are so excited to be a part of this project,” said Plan B Entertainment.


“We are thrilled to collaborate with Netflix and Plan B to help bring to fruition Brit and Zal’s extraordinary vision,” said Michael Sugar, executive producer and partner, Anonymous Content.


Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner from Plan B (Oscar winning producers of 12 Years a Slave) and Michael Sugar from Anonymous Content (True Detective, The Knick) are executive producers of the series, along with Marling and Batmanglij. The OA is a Netflix production.


Brit Marling is an actor, writer and producer. She has starred in films including Arbitrage, and the recent I, Origins, and stars in the upcoming The Keeping Room. Previous credits include The East and Sound of My Voice, which she also produced and co-wrote with Batmanglij, as well as Another Earth, which she also produced and co-wrote with Mike Cahill. Director and writer Zal Batmaglij made a splash at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with his feature debut Sound of My Voice, which was released by Fox Searchlight. The studio went on to make his next film The East, which they released in 2013.