Netflix's 'Beasts of No Nation' to Bow Theatrically Oct. 1630 Jul, 2015
African warlord drama will stream concurrently across all Netflix territories
Netflix’s much-anticipated swipe at the theatrical window reportedly will occur Oct. 16 when it bows African warlord thriller Beasts of No Nation at 19 Landmark theaters nationwide the same day the original movie streams globally.
The movie, which is based on the a novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala and directed by Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”), stars Idris Elba as a warlord who teaches a child soldier (Abraham Attah) how to fight and kill.
Landmark, which is co-owned by tech entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks boss Mark Cuban (“Shark Tank”), will screen the movie at locations in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, San Diego and St. Louis.
Beasts of No Nation originally would have been Netflix’s second theatrical release after Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, sequel to the 2000 Oscar winner which had its screen debut pushed back from August to next year in China concurrently with select Imax screens in the United States.
Theater groups have vowed to boycott any Netflix movie that is available day-and-date with streaming.
Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos, who has long criticized the theatrical window as antiquated, contends Netflix original movies bowing in theaters is done purely for show. He believes the movies will be attractive enough that theater owners will want to book them at the same time that they're on Netflix.
“For us, [theatrical launches are] mostly symbolic,” Sarandos said on the July 15 fiscal webcast. “I think it's important for people to understand that these movies are not TV movies, they're of the same size and scale and scope of the movies you will see in theaters. So one way to do that is to have them in theaters.”