Matt Reeves and Netflix to adapt Matthew Baker's sci-fi short story Life Sentence

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Feb 24, 2018

Netflix bags another one. Deadline reported that Matt Reeves' production company 6th & Idaho will take Matthew Baker's Life Sentence to the streaming juggernaut Netflix. This will be the duo's first collaboration since Reeves signed a first-look deal with Netflix last month.

Deadline listed Warner Bros. among the laundry list of bidders for Baker's sci-fi short story—Reeves is currently attached to direct the stand-alone Batman film, and it's still unclear if there's a script or an actor to don the cape and cowl. We hope Reeves' Life Sentence won't get in the way of making The Batman considering that he's only producing the adaptation, according to i09

The story's premise revolves around "a futuristic program where the memories of criminals are erased, instead of sending them to prison," distilled by Deadline. Someone at Netflix must be a Baker fan, because this is the second idea that it is producing—Brad Weston's production company, Makeready, is currently developing Baker's true-crime thriller: The Appearance.

Are you excited to see what Reeves and his production company do with this concept? Do you think they should expand on the idea and go the Altered Carbon route and give it the television series treatment versus film adaptation? Tell us how you really feel in the comments.