Get ready, folks. The evolution of film distribution continues to move forward. While theaters have distributors have tried to stall the process, the move towards digital distribution of films continues to inch forward. Netflix all ready showed the world that it was willing to change the way we watch TV, offering up a small slate of series that stream directly from the service all at once for binge-watching consumption, they’re now moving onto films.
At last year’s Berlin Film Festival, they acquired the rights to Jadotville. The war thriller will star Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan, and Tell No Lies actor Guillaume Canet. Now the rest of the pieces are coming together and the film is set to go into production for a 2016 premiere, exclusively on Netflix.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release:
A gripping true story of incredible bravery against impossible odds, the film thrillingly depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Canet plays a French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men.
Directed by Richie Smyth, a well-known commercial and music video director (U2, Bon Jovi, The Verve) and written by Kevin Brodbin (Constantine), Jadotville will film in Ireland and South Africa. Alan Moloney will produce for Parallel Films (Haywire, Albert Nobbs, Byzantium).
â€œThe story of how Pat Quinlan led his troops against an overwhelming force without losing a single man is one of the great stories of the 20th century, and we are proud to be working with such a talented and committed team to bring it to life,â€ said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. â€œThis film will be an amazing addition to our global original films initiative.â€
â€œAs filmmakers, we are constantly looking for new ways to bring a movie to the largest possible audience. Netflix has already reinvented the TV market and is now moving front and center into the film business. We are proud and excited to be part of their story and innovation,â€ said Parallel Filmsâ€™ Alan Moloney.”
How do you feel about Netflix moving into the movie business? Many predicted that what happened with The Interview was going to lead to a more mainstream embrace of films coming directly to streaming services. Will you still go to the movies as often if services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have access to films at the same time, or become the exclusive launching pad for new films?