Netflix Buys Idris Elba-Starring War Drama ‘Beasts of No Nation’
Netflix is on the verge of acquiring worldwide streaming rights to “Beasts of No Nation,” a new African war drama starring Idris Elba (“The Wire,” “Luther”).
Written and directed by Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective” season one), “Beasts” centers on a child soldier caught in the middle of a civil war in an unnamed African country. It’s based on a critically-acclaimed novel of the same name written by Uzodinma Iweala.
“Beasts” comes from Red Crown Productions and Participant Media, and is produced by Elba, Fukunaga, Daniel Crown, Daniella Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker, and Amy Kaufman. Executive producers include Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King.
The Netflix deal is in the $12 million range and covers global distribution for the streaming service. That said, “Beasts” will probably get some form of theatrical release, and is likely to be a contender during next Oscar season, according to Deadline, which was the first to report on the news.Tags: Cary Fukunaga, feature film, Idris Elba, Netflix, netflix originals, Participant Media