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Netflix purchases Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba

03.02.2015
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Remember Qwikster? Back in 2011 Netflix announced plans to split their service in two; Netflix itself would focus entirely on streaming content while Qwikster would handle the Netflix subscribers who wanted their DVD’s by mail. In less than a month Qwikster was dead and people were left wondering if Netflix would have what it took to survive. I think we can safely say the joke's on us.

Netflix rebounded with amazing speed when it began producing its own content.  Shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards exploded onto the scene and only grew more popular as word of mouth spread. They then paired with Marvel and will soon be bringing us a Daredevil series as well as three more live-action Marvel shows focusing on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. 

Now Netflix is set to take another big leap forward with the purchase of Cary Fukunaga’s BEASTS OF NO NATION. The film focuses on a child soldier fighting a civil war in an African country who is being stripped away of his humanity by a brutal warlord played by Idris Elba. Cary Fukunaga wrote the screenplay himself based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala.

Deadline is reporting that Netflix paid around $12 million for the worldwide rights to the film and that there should be some sort of theatrical release as well as a large Oscar campaign. With this news, as well as the news of last years acquisition of the CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON sequel, Netflix is branching out even further and showing that they're a force to be reckoned with.

Cary Fukunaga's most recent work was last years breakout hit, True Detective. If his work on that show is indicative of the type of passion we'll be seeing in BEASTS OF NO NATION, I'd say we're in for a treat.

Source: Deadline

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1:10PM on 03/03/2015

Should be good

I am in the middle of teaching a book "A Long Way Gone" that deals with the similar theme of children soldiers. The book is extremely graphic and sad. When I mean graphic, I mean I was shocked what I was reading. I think Cary will bring a darkness to this that I felt reading the other book. I knew it was bad over there but the novel that this film is based on, which I didn't read but can only guess who shocking it is, and the book I read really open your eyes to the horrors that young
I am in the middle of teaching a book "A Long Way Gone" that deals with the similar theme of children soldiers. The book is extremely graphic and sad. When I mean graphic, I mean I was shocked what I was reading. I think Cary will bring a darkness to this that I felt reading the other book. I knew it was bad over there but the novel that this film is based on, which I didn't read but can only guess who shocking it is, and the book I read really open your eyes to the horrors that young African children went through.
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10:23AM on 03/03/2015
Sounds like it has all the pieces in place for a great movie. Hopefully Netflix is able to bring this out to theatres/streaming. I feel like Netflix, if they're able to have the exclusive rights could be a huge game changer in Hollywood. If the movie is as great as it sounds, it could be the first movie to be nominated for an Oscar that was released via online streaming and not in theatres.
Sounds like it has all the pieces in place for a great movie. Hopefully Netflix is able to bring this out to theatres/streaming. I feel like Netflix, if they're able to have the exclusive rights could be a huge game changer in Hollywood. If the movie is as great as it sounds, it could be the first movie to be nominated for an Oscar that was released via online streaming and not in theatres.
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12:23AM on 03/03/2015
While I am very excited about this (sounds more in line with Sin Nombre than True Detective), other sites have played up the fact that Oscars are only eligible for movies that have a theatrical run first. So, depending on whether Netflix wants to try good old-fashioned theatrical distribution before streaming could effect any talk of Oscar campaigns.
While I am very excited about this (sounds more in line with Sin Nombre than True Detective), other sites have played up the fact that Oscars are only eligible for movies that have a theatrical run first. So, depending on whether Netflix wants to try good old-fashioned theatrical distribution before streaming could effect any talk of Oscar campaigns.
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