Apple wins bidding war for upcoming spy film starring Idris Elba

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After an intense bidding war, Apple has won the rights to a still-unnamed spy flick starring Idris Elba that will debut on Apple TV+.

Idris Elba, known for his work in "The Wire" and the "Avengers" franchise, will star and produce the film. Simon Kinberg, known for his work on the "X-men" franchise and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," will produce alongside Audrey Chon, the president of Kinberg's Genre Films. The script was written by Travon Free, a comedian and writer known for his work on "The Daily Show."

The film is described as "a spy movie with romance" and will be set in Africa, according to Variety.

In July, Apple signed a first-look deal with Elba's Green Door Pictures. Elba's studios will develop and produce new TV shows and film projects that could be added to the Apple TV+ streaming service.

Apple has recently signed first-look deals with several production companies, including Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions, Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, and Martin Scorsese's Sikelia Productions.