Netflix Announces First Original Film Slate

Netflix has locked down its plans to release its first batch of theatrical releases starting with “True Detective” first season and “Jane Eyre” helmer Cary Fukunaga’s child soldier drama “Beasts Of No Nation” on October 16th.

Idris Elba stars in the film about a child soldier (Abraham Attah) torn from his family and pressed into fighting a civil war in an African country. The project will be released day-and-date on both the streaming service and in select cinemas through distributor Bleecker Street, which will allow the film to qualify for awards season consideration.

Next up will be Adam Sandler’s comedy western “The Ridiculous Six” which also stars Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson and Nick Nolte. It hits on December 11th.

Third is “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend,” the upcoming sequel to the martial arts fantasy classic. Originally aiming for release late August, the film will now bow globally on Netflix in the first quarter of 2016 along with getting a theatrical release in China and on select IMAX screens.

The fourth and last of this inaugural slate will be “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” with Paul Reubens reprising his signature character alongside Joe Manganiello. It is aiming for a March 2016 release.

Source: Deadline