Netflix has recently become known for their original TV series such as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards among others, and is kicking off their original film initiative with four films – the first set to premiere in October.
The first of four original Netflix films, Beasts of No Nation stars Idris Elba (Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and was written and directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre). The movie is based on a novel by Uzodinma Iweala, a Nigerian author who wrote about the plight of Agu, a child soldier abducted to fight in the civil war of an African nation. Elba portrays a warlord, called Commandant, who instructs Agu on the ways of war. Beasts of No Nation will be available in all Netflix territories and select theatres on Friday, October 16, 2015.
Next up is the first of four Adam Sandler movies contracted to Netflix. The Ridiculous Six premieres in all Netflix territories on December 11, 2015 and stars Adam Sandler (Pixels, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2), Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Expendables 3, The Longest Yard), Jorge Garcia (Lost, Hawaii Five-O, The Wedding Ringer), Taylor Lautner (Grown Ups 2, The Twilight Series), Rob Schneider (Real Rob, 50 First Dates, Grown Ups), Luke Wilson (The Skeleton Twins, Enlightened), and Nick Nolte (Parker, Warrior, Tropic Thunder). Written by Tim Herlihy (Pixels) and Adam Sandler, the comedic western is being directed by Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer).
For the martial arts fans, the long awaited sequel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend is set to release theatrically in China and on IMAX as well as globally on Netflix in the first quarter of 2016. The film stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Lady) reprising her role as Yu Shu-Lien, Donnie Yen (Ip Man 1&2, Monkey King 3D) as Silent Wolf, Harry Shum Jr (Glee, Revenge of the Green Dragons), Jason Scott Lee (Seventh Son, Hawaii Five-O); Roger Yuan (Bulletproof Monk), Eugenia Yuan (Revenge of the Green Dragons), and newcomer Natasha Liu Bordizzo. Written by John Fusco (Marco Polo) and directed by Yuen Wo-Ping (Tai Chi Master), the movie is based on the novel Iron Knight, Silver Vase by Wang Dulu.
The Green Legend echoes the themes of the original movie, but tells its own story — one of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.
And finally, Paul Reubens returns as Pee-wee Herman in the Judd Apatow produced Pee-wee’s Big Holiday slated for a March 2016 release in all Netflix regions. Written by Paul Reubens and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Arrested Development) and directed by John Lee (Wonder Showzen, The Heart She Holler), the movie focuses on a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger that inspires Pee-wee to take his first every holiday.
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