First Slate of Netflix Original Films to Premiere Later This Year

Netflix recently announced release dates for its first set of original movies. The streaming giant kicks off its original film initiative with Cary Fukunaga’s Beast of No Nation, premiering in all Netflix territories and select theaters on October 16. Adam Sandler’s new movie will premiere in December, while other fresh releases will join Netflix in 2016.

Netflix just announced premiere dates for some of its original movies, starting with Beasts of No Nation, the powerful new film written and directed by Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre) and starring Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom). The movie will hit Netflix on Friday, October 16, and it will be available in select theaters at the same time.

Next we have The Ridiculous Six, the first of four Adam Sandler films that will be available only on Netflix. The film stars Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, and Nick Nolte. The film will premiere exclusively for Netflix subscribers on Friday, December 11, 2015.

The streaming giant released more info about other upcoming flicks as well. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend will be released theatrically in China and on IMAX and on Netflix globally in the first quarter of 2016, while Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, starring beloved, fun-loving character Pee-wee Herman will premiere on Netflix in March 2016.

Here are more details about Beasts of No Nation:

Beasts of No Nation is based on the highly acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. Newcomer Abraham Attah gives a stunning portrayal of Agu, while Elba dominates the screen in the role of Commandant, a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war. The film is produced by Amy Kaufman and Cary Fukunaga (who previously worked together on Sin Nombre), Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker and Dan Crown for Red Crown Productions, along with Elba. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King are executive producers for Participant Media and Donna Gigliotti is executive producer for Levantine Films.