Cillian Murphy, who recently saw the success of Oppenheimer, is currently awaiting the debut of Small Things Like These, in which he stars and produced at the Berlin Film Festival. Meanwhile, the actor and producer has already set his next acting and production project with Netflix's Steve.
The film is an adaptation of Max Porter's novel Shy. The announcement of Steve came along with the launch of Murphy's production banner, Big Things Film, which he has begun with longtime collaborator Alan Moloney. Netflix has greenlit Steve, which will be backed by Big Things and distributed by the streamer.
The film is set to go on floors in Spring. Steve is a 24-hour story of the eponymous character, who works as a headteacher at a last-chance reform school. He struggles to discipline his students on the one hand as he grapples with his spiralling mental health on the other.
Tim Mielants, who has helmed Murphy's Small Things Like These, is the director of Steve. The novel's author, Porter, has penned the screenplay for the film. Porter has previously collaborated with Murphy on the stage adaptation of his book, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, and on the short film, All of This Unreal Time.