Netflix has already established itself as a force in original content, riding the success of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black to bigger deals with increasingly bigger names. Most of that has come in the realm of television, but now the pseudo-network is becoming a film studio of sorts as well. It has announced dates for its planned Adam Sandler and Pee-wee Herman movies, as well as a couple others.
Beasts of No Nation will debut first on October 16, starring Idris Elba as a Nigerian warlord who tutors a child soldier, based on a novel by Uzodinma Iweala. Cary Fukunaga, whose work on season 1 of True Detective is widely praised, directs. Following a couple months later on December 11 is Sandler's The Ridiculous Six, which is a comedy Western of sorts that's come under fire for its apparent tasteless portrayal of American Indians.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend is the next film on the docket, the sequel to the Oscar-winning 2000 film. It brings back Michelle Yeoh from the original and will be released on the streaming service in all available countries early next year. Pee-wee's Big Holiday rounds out the slate in March 2016, in which "a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny," according to Netflix.
So if you thought Netflix was still just poking its toes into the entertainment world to test the temperature, that's clearly not the case anymore — in fact, it's being aggressive everywhere, even in your local Marriott.
Cord-cutters and anti-filmgoers rejoice.
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