The world’s greatest provider of on-demand internet media once again releases a film that amazed Hollywood this week when Netflix paid $ 12 million for worldwide rights to the drama film that tells about a child soldier in Africa. The story is inspired from the bestselling novel by Uzodinma Iweala which tells of a boy who was sent to join a group of soldiers against his will in a West African country that was not heard of.
They take their pride on having the bests cast that features Idris Elba and award winning director Cary Fukunaga , who was the auteur behind “Sin Nombre” and the riveting series of HBO “True Detective” , he also wrote the script of the “Beast” and produced with Amy Kaufman, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker and Dan Crown. Netflix emphasizes that the film would make its first release only on selected theaters since other exhibitors won’t show the film because they require a 90-day delay between their first theater release and their home entertainment premiere.
Netflix had an agreement with IMAX and the Weinstein Company to make the first release on the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel, yet most exhibitors are refusing to show the film since it does not follow the traditional release windows.
The company is aware that the film has award potentials for the drama so to qualify for Oscars, the film must have a theatrical run.
“Beasts of No Nation’ is a powerful film that unfolds beautifully in the hands of director Cary Fukunaga, with Idris Elba delivering a career-defining performance,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. “We are so proud to bring a film of this caliber exclusively to Netflix members around the world at the same time as it appears in select theaters.”
Oscar voters are ready to vote for projects that do not follow the traditional distribution modes.
Netflix had released day-and –date films on theaters and on its site like the two documentaries “ The Square “ in 2014 and “ Virunga” that had Oscar nominations . They have also released “Margin Call “ which was simultaneously premiered in theaters and on-demand which had also earned a nomination for its screenplay in 2011.