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Streaming entertainment service, NETFLIX, just took a bold step forward. This popular service now has it’s first slate of feature films dated for release. That’s right, NetFlix is now a Movie Studio. And these aren’t B-movies starring a cast of unknowns. Upcoming NetFlix films will be headlined by the likes of Adam SANDLER, Idris ELBA, Judd APATOW, and BRAD PITT!
Here’s a list of upcoming NetFlix movies… with a scoop of tasty nerdy commentary on the side.
Sourced from the amazing folks at Deadline.
Up first is BEASTS OF NO NATION starring Idris Elba, and directed by Cary Fukunaga (TRUE DETECTIVE). This drama focuses on a child forced into fighting a civil war in Africa. Elba’s warlord character mentors this child soldier. This highly anticipated and compelling feature could get some award consideration.
This film gets a controversial same-date NetFlix and theatrical release on OCTOBER 16th. Theater chains are upset about the way technology is quickly evolving. While some of these listed movies will have several weeks separating their streaming debut, BEASTS hits the same day.
December 11th will see the release of Adam Sandler’s next comedy, THE RIDICULOUS SIX. Sandler’s working together with his regular cohorts under his Happy Madison label, so fans should expect a quality film. SIX will co-star David SPADE, Terry CREWS, Rob SCHNEIDER, Luke WILSON, Taylor LAUTNER, and Nick NOLTE.
THE RIDICULOUS SIX is a Western, spoofing other films in the genre, like Tarantino’s HATEFUL EIGHT (which should be hitting the cinema around the same time). At least it can’t be as bad as A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST… Um, right?
Netflix has another comedy set to stream March 2016: PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY. Paul REUBENS developed this sequel to the franchise with Judd APATOW. It would have been nice to see Tim Burton return to the series, but Apatow is still near the top of comedy. He’s responsible for films like 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN and KNOCKED UP.
First quarter 2016 sees the release of the next CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON movie. This is the NetFlix film I’m looking forward to the most. It’s been a long time since Ang Lee’s original martial arts epic — one of my personal favourites. The sequel, THE GREEN LEGEND, stars the returning Michelle YEOH and Donnie YEN (IRON MONKEY).
The most exciting bit of creative news is the director, legendary choreographer YUEN WO-PING. This master of martial arts is behind THE MATRIX sequences, the original TIGER, and tons of other iconic action films.
Streaming in the more distant horizon, is NetFlix’s most ambitious and expensive project. This new studio is already working with a mega-star. BRAD PITT will play a General in Afghanistan in this satirical look at the American Forces. This comedy is inspired by Michael Hastings’ best-selling book “The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan.”
For a brand new studio, NetFlix is already well on their way.
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