A couple of weeks ago, I reported that Netflix was looking to break into the movie business. At the time, they had acquired the rights to stream Jadotville exclusively on their service. That move was well-received considering the subject matter and the fact that it's not the kind of "safe bet" that major studios are willing to take a gamble on these days. Well, Netflix is continuing down that very same path as they aggressively pursue Beasts of No Nation.
The film, which stars Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Thor), tells the harrowing tale of child soldier fighting in a civil war in an African country. The film, written and directed by True Detective's Cary Fukunaga, is currently part of a bidding war and Netflix is trying to edge out more traditional distributors for the rights. The film is expected to get a small theatrical push and a vigorous "Oscar push" later this year because the filmmakers think it could garner attention from the Academy Awards. Still, Netflix is seeking the worldwide rights to the project for in the neighborhood of $12 million.
Fukunaga, of course, is surrounded by buzz considering the heaping praise that season one of HBO's True Detective received. His next major project will be directing part one of the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's It.