Netflix Confirms Releases for New 'Pee-wee' + 'Beasts of No Nation'
by Alex Billington
July 7, 2015
An updated set of release dates from Netflix for their first batch of theatrically released films distributed by Netflix themselves. The digital network is finally breaking into the game of theatrical distribution and will be experimenting with a release strategy of opening in theaters and Netflix at the same time. Some theaters have pushed back already, so exact release plans are still unconfirmed, but the dates are set for a few of their initial projects due out in the next year. Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation, which has been waiting for a release, is now confirmed for October 16th this fall. Adam Sandler's new comedy The Ridiculous Six, which will only be available on Netflix not in theaters, will be released on December 11th later this year.
The other two dates are not set yet, but will be confirmed soon. The upcoming sequel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend was going to be released in October but has been pushed back to early 2016 (likely around February is our guess). Finally, Paul Reubens' return to the character of Pee-wee for Pee-wee's Big Holiday is now set for March 2016. Netflix now has at least one of their films set for release every three months - between Beasts coming up first, then The Ridiculous Six (playing against Tarantino's The Hateful Eight), before the other two arriving in early 2016. We'll be keeping an eye on all of these projects and watching for trailers as they arrive. Beasts in particular I've got a very good feeling about.