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Yesterday it was announced Netflix had purchased the distribution rights for Cary Fukunaga's new film Beasts of No Nation, with plans for a simultaneous theatrical and streaming release later this year as well as an awards season push. Now, only a day later, Variety is reporting the four largest exhibitors -- AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike -- separately told the trade they do not plan to show the movie as a result of Netflix's day-and-date release effort. The reason, they do not want to provide screens to films that do not honor what is typically a 90-day delay between a theatrical debut and a home entertainment release. Variety quotes Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse CEO and founder as saying he will still play the film, just as he did Snowpiercer last year when it had an On Demand release before going theatrical. League said, "I don't look at myself as a competitor to Netflix. »
- Brad Brevet
Back in June 2012, a year and a half before he would direct the entire first season of HBO's True Detective, Cary Fukunaga signed on to direct a new adaptation of Stephen King's It from a script he co-wrote with Chase Palmer and David Kajganich. With production set to begin this summer, Cary Fukunaga revealed new details about the adaptation in an interview with Brazilian newspaper O Globo, where the filmmaker said that he has actually been working on this adaptation for the past five years.
"I've been in this project for about five years. I had already read versions of the script but nothing felt right. Everybody tried to put too much into it, telling it from the perspective of the adult and the child in a two hour movie. It didn't fit. So I decided to throw it all away and start from scratch."
The book and the 1990 miniseries »
"It could be a game changer," but they're afraid of it. Here we go again with movie theater chains. Earlier this week Netflix announced they're acquiring and distributing the new film Beasts with No Nation, a feature from Cary Fukunaga starring Idris Elba as the commander of a group of guerrilla fighters in Africa. Despite Netflix starting out as a DVD company, they've grown considerably. Beasts with No Nation will not only be released on the Netflix platform, but it will be released in theaters by the company, with a "vigorous push in Oscar season." Their release strategy of going to theaters and VOD at the same time still scares some movie theater owners, and the big chains have backed out of releasing this film altogether. Ugh. Barely 24 hours after Netflix made the announcement, Variety reports that a number of major movie theater chains have confirmed they're not going to be showing the film. »
- Alex Billington
The partnership, which includes DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company, will focus on environmental and conservation themes. The actor, an ardent environmentalist, will be a producer or executive producer on all projects.
Netflix and DiCaprio previously teamed on “Virunga,” which was nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary category. DiCaprio was an exec producer on the doc, which focused on the conservation efforts of rangers within Virunga National Park.
“Working with Netflix on ‘Virunga’ has sparked a shared vision about projects that we want to develop and bring to viewers,” said DiCaprio. “There’s never been a more critical time for our planet or more of a need for gifted storytellers to help us all make sense of the issues we face. »
- Dave McNary
Acrimony continues to permeat relations between Netflix and most major theater chains, now that AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike have all boycotted the release of Oscar-tipped African drama Beasts of No Nation following its $12 million acquisition by the streaming service.
The chains are reportedly incensed by Netflix’s desire to mount a simultaneous theatrical and streaming release for the title, about child soldiers in Africa, later this year, which would ignore the traditional 90-day berth between big and small screen openings. That means Beasts of No Nation may only receive a limited release via independent distributors. For one, Tim League, owner of the famed Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has stated his intent to screen the picture.
Given the popularity of director Cary Fukunaga, who helmed the first season of HBO’s True Detective, and star Idris Elba, insiders expect Beasts of No Nation to secure somewhere between 200 and 250 screens even without the major chains involved. »
- Isaac Feldberg
With his Idris Elba-led child soldier drama "Beasts Of No Nation" wrapped and awaiting release this year, the filmmaker is turning his attention back to his long in the works two-film adaptation of Stephen King's "It" which has a script in place and is in pre-production, but has yet to schedule filming dates.
In a new interview with Brazilian newspaper O Globo (via Bloody Disgusting), Fukunaga reveals that King is an enthusiastic advocate of the latest screenplay, but the big challenge right now is to find an actor to play Pennywise the Clown. Tim Curry memorably played the role in the 1990s mini-series adaptation.
In the book, Pennywise is the guise of an evil »
- Garth Franklin
Not unsurprisingly, major theater chains have said they will not screen Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" which Netflix bought this week for $12 million.
Variety reports that the four largest exhibitors in the United States - AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike - have no plans to show the film as Netflix is debuting it simultaneously on its streaming service rather than the usual 90-day minimum delay between theatrical debut and home entertainment release.
Yet the film, which stars Idris Elba and deals with child soldiers, is expected to have a qualifying run for Oscar consideration in select theaters later this year. One likely candidate is The Alamo Drafthouse who have said it will screen the film, while the movie could end up at roughly 200 to 250 arthouse and independent theaters that aren't part of the major chains.
Netflix is used to this as last year the company revealed it will »
- Garth Franklin
Times are changing in how, where, and when we watch movies. VOD has become a major force and platform in the release strategy for independent films, and streaming is quickly becoming a major hub for cinema too. Netflix of course is leading the charge, not only producing but acquiring new content, while Amazon and other players are also getting into the game. Frankly, they are filling a niche that many of the major studios have become more selective about about lately, and when it emerged earlier this week that Netflix was dropping a staggering $12 million to pick up Cary Fukunaga's child soldier drama "Beasts Of No Nation" — already seen as a potential 2016 Best Picture contender — it felt like the kind of big money buy Harvey Weinstein would've made in the '90s. But even people like Harvey aren't spending that kind of money anymore (for comparison sake, the starrier »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cary Fukunaga has recently delivered True Detective's masterful first season and completed the Idris Elba-starring Beasts Of No Nation. But his long-gestating two-film adaptation of Stephen King's It remains in active development. Speaking to Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Fukunaga has revealed that King is an enthusiastic advocate of the latest screenplay, and that the difficult search for the perfect Pennywise continues.The clown Pennywise is, for those unfamiliar, the form that the unknowable evil entity It takes the better to terrorise the group of childhood friends attempting to face it down. He was memorably played by Tim Curry in the so-so '90s TV version. Some forumites have suggested the leftfield casting of Tilda Swinton for the new iteration, and frankly, we can't now imagine anyone better.Elsewhere in the Fukunaga interview, perhaps more interesting than non-casting stories is the news that the novel's timeframe has been updated. »
According to Bloody Disgusting via Portuguese newspaper O Globo, Cary Fukunaga, the director of the upcoming It remake, has spent a really long time trying to find the perfect actor to play Pennywise the Clown, the iconic villain of the book and the 1990 TV film. The wonderful Tim Curry, of course, portrayed the monster in said film.
But Fukunaga can't seem to find anyone to fit the bill as well as Curry did 25 years ago...
"I’ve been in this project for about five years", he said. "I had already read versions of the script but nothing felt right. Everybody tried to put too much into it, telling it from the perspective of the adult and the child in a two hour movie. It didn’t fit. »
Update: The ink hasn't even dried on Netflix's latest deal and already four major theater chains have boycotted the day-and-date release of "Beasts of No Nation." AMC, Regal, Carmike and Cinemark have stated that they will not show the film without a 90-day window between its theatrical and streaming premieres. According to Variety, Tim League's indie chain Alamo Drafthouse will, however, be screening the film when it opens simultaneously in theaters and on Netflix later this year. The Texas-based exhibitor fared well screening "Snowpiercer," which had a very short window, last Summer. The four exhibitors that have boycotted the film so far are the same chains that shunned the "Crouching Tiger" sequel when in late 2014 Netflix announced its imminent day-and-date release. Earlier: Netflix has stirred the pot once again with its latest feature film release, Cary Fukunaga's African-set "Beasts of No Nation," by not exactly catering to »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Most theaters in the U.S. won't give screen time to African war drama Beasts of No Nation, the latest film acquired by Netflix in a $12 million deal. That means the movie, directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Idris Elba, may only get a berth in 200 to 250 independent theaters, according to exhibition sources. Other theater chains — including the country's largest circuits, Regal, AMC and Cinemark — remain opposed to playing a film that is debuting simultaneously elsewhere. Netflix, which is aggressively growing its film slate, intends to debut Beasts of No Nation in theaters and on
- Pamela McClintock
Major theater chains will boycott the release of “Beasts of No Nation,” the Cary Fukunaga drama that Netflix bought this week for $12 million, because the company is debuting the film simultaneously on its streaming service.
Four of the country’s four largest exhibitors — AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike — do not plan to show the drama about child soldiers in Africa because they do not want to provide screens to films that do not honor a 90-day delay between a theatrical debut and a home entertainment release.
In a release touting the deal, Netflix said the picture will have a qualifying run for Oscar consideration in “select theaters” later this year — language that seemed to acknowledge that “Beasts of No Nation” will have trouble securing a berth in many theaters. After all, there’s a precedent. When Netflix announced last fall that it will partner with The Weinstein Company and Imax »
- Brent Lang
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Netlfix announced today (March 3) that Beasts of No Nation will open in select cinemas in the Us and on its streaming platform for the rest of the world later this year.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos announced the deal: "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.
"We are so proud to bring a film of this calibre exclusively to Netflix members around the world at the same time as it appears in select theaters."
Beasts of No Nation casts Elba as »
Set to start shooting this summer is the re-adaptation of Stephen King’s It, the first of two parts being directed by Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”). Many have been speculating on who will be taking over the role of Pennywise, and… Continue Reading →
The post Re-Adaptation of Stephen King’s It Looking for New Pennywise appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
We’ve just received an interesting press release from the folks at Netflix who tell us that they’ve picked up the rights to Beasts Of No Nation, a new film starring Idris Elba which is directed by True Detective series helmer Cary Fukunaga. The film looks like it could be a real awards contender later this year, and it looks like Netflix plan to release the film theatrically, as well as making its home debut on their streaming platform on the same day. The word on the street is that Netflix bought the movie for a whopping $12 million.
Beasts Of No Nation is based on the highly acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country.
There is no specific date for the release of the film, »
- Paul Heath
The new-media giant stunned Hollywood this week when it plunked down $12 million for worldwide rights to the drama about a child soldier in Africa. It boasts a top-shelf cast that includes Idris Elba and arrives courtesy of director Cary Fukunaga, the auteur behind “Sin Nombre” and the buzzy HBO series “True Detective.”
Netflix stresses that the film would debut in “select” theaters — an important caveat given that its distribution platform will mean some exhibitors won’t show the film. Most major theater chains refuse to screen films that do not honor a 90-day delay between their theatrical debut and their home entertainment premiere. Netflix is partnering with Imax and the Weinstein Company on a sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” but most exhibitors are boycotting the film because it does not honor traditional release windows. »
- Brent Lang
Deadline is reporting rumors* that Netflix is ready to scoop up Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation, a film based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala about child soldiers in civil war. Starring Idris Elba, the film is apparently worth $12 million to the streaming giant, who will gladly outpay "numerous bids" from studios. Netflix wants those Oscars. Badly. * Update: Those rumors have been confirmed by a press release. Good for you, Netflix. »
- Lindsey Weber
It looks like Netflix isn't showing any signs of backing down from releasing original films on their streaming service to shake up the film distribution game. In addition to landing rights to numerous documentaries, Netflix also has a deal with IMAX to exclusively release the sequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon this year, a four film deal with the Duplass brothers, a film deal with Adam Sandler beginning with The Ridiculous Six and they're starting production Judd Apatow's gestating Pee-Wee Herman movie next month. Now Deadline reports the streaming service has just picked up the worldwide rights to Cary Fukunaga's lateast film Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, "Luther"). Fukunaga directed the first season of "True Detective" as well as Jane Eyre, and this time he's turned his camera on the story of Agu, a young African boy who is recruited into a unit of »
- Ethan Anderton
A bit of an interesting development has just been reported as Netflix has landed theatrical and streaming rights to Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation, the filmmaker's most recent film following his work on HBO's "True Detective". Netflix reportedly paid $12 million for the film with plans for both a theatrical and streaming release, though no specific plans were reported. However, the studio does intend to make an awards season push with the feature, which may prove interesting as such releases have seen some pushback from theater owners, wary of day-and-date releases, so I wouldn't expect that to be the case here. The film stars Idris Elba in a drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Elba plays the commander of a guerilla force and begins a process of dehumanizing the boy as he becomes a soldier. »
- Brad Brevet
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