‘Lockdown’: HBO Max Picks Up Doug Liman’s Pandemic Heist Thriller With Anne Hathaway, Ben Stiller, And Chiwetel Ejiofor

Content. For a streaming service it’s all that matters. If you want to know why Netflix grew so quickly, just looking at the wealth of big-time content they started acquiring. And WarnerMedia knows that, too, and the growth of HBO Max has been as more high-profile projects have been picked up. And now you can add another, Doug Liman’s star-studded pandemic thriller Lockdown.

Deadline reports WarnerMedia has acquired Lockdown to be released on HBO Max. Doug Liman directs the pandemic heist flick, but it’s the eye-popping cast that’ll likely move subscribers. Anne Hathaway, Ben Stiller, Stephen Merchant, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lucy Boynton, Ben Kingsley, Mindy Kaling, and Dule Hill star, and with a cast like that they can afford to keep plot details secret. The script was written by Steven Knight.

Liman has been keeping busy, filming this movie while his latest, Chaos Walking, nears a long-awaited release. He’s also beginning production on a $200M film that will send Tom Cruise to space as part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

The plan is for Lockdown to premiere on HBO Max in early 2021.

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