Magazine article Screen International

Netflix Buying Beasts of No Nation

Magazine article Screen International

Netflix Buying Beasts of No Nation

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The streaming giant has made another major film play, reportedly paying $12m for world rights to Participant Media's child soldier drama ahead of a likely first best picture Oscar push.

Idris Elba stars for Cary Fukunaga in Beasts Of No Nation, based on Uzodinma Iweala's novel about a child soldier in an unnamed West African nation who is commandeered by a warlord after militants kill his father.

It is understood Netflix will partner on a theatrical push. Academy rules state a film must appear in theatres before any other platform in order to be eligible for consideration.

That the company beat out a number of theatrical suitors to Participant Media and Red Crown's $6m production is no surprise given its deep pockets.

What represents uncharted waters is the Oscar push. Netflix's award wins in the TV sphere are becoming increasingly commonplace, but it has never backed an Academy Awards campaign for a non-documentary. …

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