After making a big splash in the original film arena with the likes of “Beasts of No Nation,” “The Ridiculous 6” and “Manson Family Vacation” last year, streaming giant Netflix has used the eve of the Sundance Film Festival to announce several more films it has on the way.
The company has come on board to finance and distribute five titles, along with acquiring the worldwide streaming rights to the Iranian horror movie “Under the Shadow” which premieres at the festival tomorrow night. Set during the bloodshed of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988, Babak Anvari helms that Farsi-language story which follows a mother and daughter who start to believe their home is haunted by a djinn.
The five other films kick off with Ryan Koo’s “Amateur” about a 14-year-old basketball phenom who struggles to fit in with his new team and new coach, and the sci-fi tale “ARQ” which just cast Robbie Amell and Rachael Taylor and blends home invasion and time looping elements.
There’s also “Clinical” which deals with a psychiatrist (Vinessa Shaw) who tries to put her life back together after a violent attack, “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House” starring “Luther” alum Ruth Wilson as a nurse assigned as carer for a famed supernatural author, and the Gerard McMurrary-directed college hazing film “Underground”.
All these announcements follow the company’s acquisitions of Paul Rudd’s “The Fundamentals of Caring” and Ellen Page’s “Tallulah” two weeks ago.