Netflix Finishes Deal for Idris Elba War Drama ‘Beasts of No Nation’
And Netflix has claimed its prize. The streaming company has acquired “Beasts of No Nation,” an African war drama from Cary Fukanaga and starring Idris Elba. The news comes a day after reports first surfaced that Netflix was closing in on the film for a deal in the neighborhood of $12 million.
Written and directed by Fukanaga, who is best known for directing and winning an Emmy for directing the entire first season of HBO’s “True Detective,” “Beasts” centers on a child soldier caught in the middle of a civil war inside an unnamed African country. Elba, who’s well-known for his roles in “The Wire” and “Luther,” plays the warlord who takes the child under his wing and turns him into a killer.
Produced by Red Crown Productions, and co-financed with Participant Media, “Beasts” is based on a novel of the same name written by Uzodinma Iweala.
The film, which many predict to get a major push during next year’s awards season, will debut later this year on Netflix (in all territories the streaming service is available in) day-and-date with a limited theatrical release in the US.
“Beasts” is produced by Amy Kaufman and Fukunaga (who previously worked together on Fukunaga’s directorial debut “Sin Nombre”), Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker, and Dan Crown for Red Crown Productions, along with Elba. Executive producers include Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King for Participant Media and Donna Gigliotti for Levantine Films.Tags: Cary Fukunaga, Content Acquisitions, film, Idris Elba, Netflix, netflix originals, Participant Media, Red Crown Productions