Exhibitors Refuse To Screen “Beasts”

Not unsurprisingly, major theater chains have said they will not screen Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” which Netflix bought this week for $12 million.

Variety reports that the four largest exhibitors in the United States – AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike – have no plans to show the film as Netflix is debuting it simultaneously on its streaming service rather than the usual 90-day minimum delay between theatrical debut and home entertainment release.

Yet the film, which stars Idris Elba and deals with child soldiers, is expected to have a qualifying run for Oscar consideration in select theaters later this year. One likely candidate is The Alamo Drafthouse who have said it will screen the film, while the movie could end up at roughly 200 to 250 arthouse and independent theaters that aren’t part of the major chains.

Netflix is used to this as last year the company revealed it will partner with the Weinstein Company and IMAX on the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” this August. Soon after, most exhibitors said they would not show the film due to the day-and-date strategy employed by Netflix.