From Tech Insider: The director of ‘Nightcrawler’ gives details about his upcoming Netflix movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal

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  • Director Dan Gilroy will reteam with his "Nightcrawler" star Jake Gyllenhaal in an upcoming Netflix movie coming out next Halloween. 
  • It will be set in the contemporary art world of Los Angeles.
  • Gilroy says the movie will also have a large ensemble cast, similar to Robert Altman's "The Player."

Writer-director Dan Gilroy may be out promoting his new movie “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” starring Denzel Washington (in theaters nationwide Wednesday), but his mind is on his upcoming Netflix movie where he reteams with his “Nightcrawler” star Jake Gyllenhaal.

Though the project is currently untitled, and Gilroy admits he’s been keeping what it’s about under wraps, he did divulge a little about it to Business Insider when we chatted with him in New York City on Monday.

“It’s set in the world of contemporary art in Los Angeles,” Gilroy said. “It’s got a Robert Altman-like large ensemble cast. It’s got a ‘The Player’ vibe to it.”

“There’s a large cast and we’re moving around from person to person as we move through this world,” Gilroy said of his movie. “The story is being told through these different characters.”

The Player Fine Line FeaturesAltman’s Oscar-nominated "The Player" (1992) gives a satirical look at the Hollywood studio system. Centered around a executive (Tim Robbins) who is being sent death threats by an unknown screenwriter (it’s impossible to know who exactly as so many hate his guts), Altman filled the movie with countless stars in cameos and supporting roles.

As of now, the only cast Gilroy will reveal for his movie are the two people who were in his directorial debut, “Nightcrawler” — Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo (who is Gilroy’s wife).

The director says filming will being on March 2 in Los Angeles.

Gilroy won’t confirm if the movie will be as dark as “Nightcrawler,” which followed a con man (Gyllenhaal) who finds his calling as a freelance video journalist who films violent events that occur late at night in the city, and then sells the footage to TV stations (watch the movie on Netflix before it leaves the site in December). But Gilroy did admit, “It’s not a drama.”

“It’s opening Halloween next year, that will give you some indication what kind of movie it is,” he said.

We cannot wait to learn more about what seems to be a movie that meshes the twisted worlds of “Nightcrawler” and Altman’s “The Player.”

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