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Netflix Lands Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts of No Nation' for Distribution

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March 3, 2015
Source: Deadline

Beasts of No Nation

It looks like Netflix isn't showing any signs of backing down from releasing original films on their streaming service to shake up the film distribution game. In addition to landing rights to numerous documentaries, Netflix also has a deal with IMAX to exclusively release the sequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon this year, a four film deal with the Duplass brothers, a film deal with Adam Sandler beginning with The Ridiculous Six and they're starting production Judd Apatow's gestating Pee-Wee Herman movie next month. Now Deadline reports the streaming service has just picked up the worldwide rights to Cary Fukunaga's lateast film Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, "Luther").

Fukunaga directed the first season of "True Detective" as well as Jane Eyre, and this time he's turned his camera on the story of Agu, a young African boy who is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. Haunted by his father's own death at the hands of militants, Agu is vulnerable to the dangerous yet paternal nature of his new commander (Idris Elba). While the war rages on, Agu becomes increasingly divorced from the life he had known before the conflict started—a life of school friends, church services, and time with his family still intact. Sounds like a pretty powerful drama. The film will hit Netflix day and date with a theatrical release of the film, so stay tuned for release date information.

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  • ListenToVinyl
    Color me interested
  • TheOct8pus
    This sounds really fucked up...I mean, the movie sounds good, but the subject matter is disturbing. This shit's too real for me...
    • DAVIDPD
      I remember Mr. Eko...
  • Brian Sleider
    I think this is great, the old distribution model for movies and TV is a dying beast and Netflix is doing good things to hasten its death.
  • DAVIDPD
    So fucking ready to see what this cat can bring us after TRUE DETECTIVE. The bar is set at "heaven".

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