Feb 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Obamas acquire 9/11 film starring Michael Keaton for Netflix

US actor Michael Keaton arrives for the world premiere of Disney's "Dumbo" at El Capitan theatre on March 11, 2019 in Hollywood.
Actor Michael Keaton in Hollywood in 2019. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions company has picked up a film starring Michael Keaton about the push for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund that will screen on Netflix, the streaming giant announced Wednesday.

The big picture: Since the former president and first lady signed a multi-year deal with Netflix, Higher Ground Productions has produced a raft of TV shows and won an Oscar for best documentary last year.

  • Their latest movie, "Worth," is based on a memoir written by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg about his work as a lawyer appointed special master of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund.
  • He's "tasked by Congress to allocate financial compensation to the victims of the tragedy — to calculate incalculable loss in the face of cynicism, bureaucracy, and the politics of division," per a Netflix statement.
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