Netflix made some small ripples at the Sundance Film Festival when it snagged Rashida Jones-produced documentary Hot Girls Wanted, about the amateur adult film industry, and now the streaming giant is leaving its mark on Berlin as well. Jadotville, a war thriller starring Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan, has been acquired by Netflix for release sometime in 2016, it was announced today.
The Richie Smyth-directed flick, which co-stars Guillaume Canet, is based on the 1961 siege of an Irish UN battalion by 3,000 Congolese troops, led by French and Belgian mercenaries carrying out the orders of powerful mining companies. Dornan plays Irish commander Patrick Quinlan, while Canet plays a French commander.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos stated:
“The story of how Pat Quinlan led his troops against an overwhelming force without losing a single man is one of the great stories of the 20th century, and we are proud to be working with such a talented and committed team to bring it to life. This film will be an amazing addition to our global original films initiative.”
Added producer Alan Moloney:
“As filmmakers, we are constantly looking for new ways to bring a movie to the largest possible audience. Netflix has already reinvented the TV market and is now moving front and cetner into the film business. We are proud and excited to be a part of their story and innovation.”
Jadotville is just the latest in an impressive lineup of acquisitions by Netflix. Though it is best known for original series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, the streaming service has also poured more resources into its narrative-film production and distribution branch. Recently, Netflix announced plans to make a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel, while multi-picture deals with Adam Sandler and the Duplass brothers have also been struck.
Cameras are set to roll on Jadotville this April, and Netflix subscribers can look forward to its exclusive premiere on the streaming site next year.