Thanks to shows like “Daredevil,” “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” Netflix has solidified itself as a key player in the TV industry. Now it’s hoping to find the same success in the movie world with the release of a collection of four original movies.
The popular streaming service announced release dates for its first foray into the world of movies starting with “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” starring Idris Elba. According to Variety, Netflix is likely making an Oscar play with the poignant drama about child soldiers. The film will be available on Oct. 16, 2015 in all territories where Netflix is available.
The next film is a stark contrast from the dramatic war movie. It was previously revealed that Adam Sandler cut a four-picture deal with the streaming service, starting with “Ridiculous Six.” The comedy, which fell into controversy when it offended most of its Native American cast, will premiere on Dec. 11. According to The Verge, it will star Sandler, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider and Nick Nolte, among others.
The next release will be Netflix’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel, titled “The Green Legend.” Vulture notes that the intense kung-fu thriller will first have a theatrical release in China, as well as select IMAX theaters in the U.S. After that, it will be released some time in early 2016 in all places where Netflix can stream. Fans of the original movie can expect a lot given that filmmaker and stunt coordinator Yuen Wo-Ping is leading “The Green Legend.” His previous credits include “Kill Bill” and “Once Upon a Time in China.”
Netflix’s final movie premiere date is "Pee-wee’s Big Holiday." The project, helmed by Paul Reubens and Judd Apatow, will bring back Pee-wee Herman (Reubens), the character responsible for leading several movie and TV properties. Unfortunately for fans, they’ll have to wait the longest to see Pee-wee make his way to Netflix as his movie won’t premiere until March of next year.
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