Netflix have reportedly signed a $12million deal for the worldwide rights for Cary Fukunaga’s new drama Beasts Of No Nation starring Idris Elba.
The film, which is based on a novel by Uzodinma Iweala focuses on the harrowing subject of child soldiers in Africa. Idris Elba will play Commandant – an African warlord who recruits children and forces them fight. The film is told through the eyes of a young boy named Agu (Abraham Attah) and will deal with his experiences as a child soldier.
When I think back to Fukunaga’s directorial debut Sin Nombre, I remember being shocked at the realism the film carried. It was obvious from every way you looked at it that Fukunaga knew what he was doing and this no doubt will be the case with Beasts Of No Nation
The film has already generated an oscar buzz.
Fukunaga also has a biopic based on a man called Thomas-Alexandre Dumas – The first black soldier to become a brigadier in the french military called The Black Count and is due for release later this year
And finally…we can’t be that far away from the casting process for Fukunaga’s Stephen King adaptation It. It will be broken down into two feature-length films and will be more darker, vicious and truer to the book than the 90’s TV mini-series.
More info on all these upcoming releases to follow as it’s announced