In a move that may have some theater chains shitting themselves, Netflix has solidified its plans to release a slate of theatrical-quality full-length films and they have finally announced their release dates. Not only that, they are making them with some truly impressive talent.
Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation
The first film will premiere October 16 and is titled Beasts of No Nation. It’s a drama about an African child soldier who is ripped apart from his family and forced into fighting a civil war. The film is directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective and Jane Eyre) and stars Idris Elba (The Wire, Thor, and Pacific Rim) as a warlord who takes the child solider under his wing. Beasts of No Nation is being released on Netflix in all territories the same day it goes out into select U.S. theaters, thus qualifying it for awards-season.
Adam Sandler and the cast of The Ridiculous Six
Netflix’s next release is The Ridiculous Six, the first of four films that Adam Sandler will star in and produce through Happy Madison, his production company. The comedy will premiere December 11, with Sandler starring alongside David Spade, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, and Nick Nolte. Sandler is teaming back up with Frank Coraci, who directed The Wedding Singer, and even though there’s no official synopsis yet, the film is said to be a comedic western.
Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend
For the first-quarter of 2016, Netflix is releasing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, which is the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The action adventure film deals heavily with lost love and will star Michelle Yeoh, who reprises her role as Yu Shu-Lien and also Donnie Yen (who may be coming to the Star Wars Universe)! The Green Legend will directed by legendary martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo-Ping and be produced by the The Weinstein Company.
Paul Reubens in Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday
The final film date announced is Pee-wee’s Big Holiday which is to be released March 2016. Pee-wee’s Big Holiday sees the return of Paul Reubens’ iconic man-child character… Pee-wee Herman. Reubens created the film with Judd Apatow and brought on John Lee (Wonder Showzen) to direct.
Although there has been no release date confirmed, another film Netflix plans on creating was announced last month and will probably hit theaters in late 2016. The feature is a satirical comedy called War Machine starring Brad Pitt and will be based on a famous general who commanded troops in Afghanistan. The film will be written and directed by David Michod (Animal Kingdom and The Rover) and is inspired by the bestselling book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan. War Machine will be Netflix’s largest budget film so far– around $40 million and will undoubtable showcase Netflix as a major contender against traditional film distributors.