Magazine article Variety

Elwes Praises Netflix at Panel

Magazine article Variety

Elwes Praises Netflix at Panel

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VETERAN PRODUCER CASSIAN Elwes didn't equivocate Friday on his opinion about streaming giant Netflix during a panel discussion at the AFM.

"Netflix is the only company that would step up to buy 'Mudbound' at Sundance," he said. "They are the bravest company in the business."

Elwes, who has credits dating back to the 1984's "Oxford Blues," is a producer on "Mudbound," the period drama film directed by Dee Rees and written by Rees and Virgil Williams.

It is based on the Hillary Jordan novel, set in rural Mississippi about World War II veterans dealing with racism. Pic stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell and Mary J. Blige.

Netflix opens the film, expected to be an awards contender, on Nov. 17.

Elwes, speaking at the AFM's Finance Conference at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica, stressed that producers need passion to get projects made.

"When I read the script for 'Mudbound,' I started crying. Your passion has to be unbelievably immense to get a movie made. …

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