‘Boss Level’: Hulu Picks Up Joe Carnahan’s Time Loop Flick With Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, & Naomi Watts

Hulu really has a thing for time loop movies. Earlier this year they purchased the Sundance favorite, Palm Springs, for a record sum, and found success during its summer release. And now they’ve acquired the rights to Joe Carnahan’s long-delayed Boss Level, which stars Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, and Naomi Watts.

Boss Level will hit Hulu streaming in 2021, two years after it was originally supposed to hit theaters. That release never happened, but there has been good word-of-mouth about the film from the very beginning, including from a special Hollywood screening back in February.

The film, which Carnahan wrote with Chris and Eddie Borey, stars Grillo as “former special forces agent Roy Pulver, who is trapped in a time loop that constantly repeats the day of his murder. Pulver manages to uncover clues about a secret government project that could unlock the mystery behind his death but must find Colonel Ventor (Gibson), the head of the government program, while outrunning assassins determined to keep him from the truth, and save his wife (Watts).”

Also in the cast are Will Sasso, Ken Jeong, Annabelle Wallis, Rob Gronkowski, and Michelle Yeoh.

Carnahan is about 50/50 with me, but when he’s on point he really nails it. Films such as Narc, The Grey, and Stretch are better than his better-known stuff like The A-Team and Smokin’ Aces.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.