Netflix Releasing ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Simultaneously in Theaters and Streaming Service

March 3, 2015 6:55 PM

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Netflix Releasing ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Simultaneously in Theaters and Streaming Service

The new media giant stunned Hollywood this week when it plunked down $12 million for worldwide rights to the drama about a child soldier in Africa. It boasts a top-shelf cast that includes Idris Elba and arrives courtesy of director Cary Fukunaga, the auteur behind “Sin Nombre” and the buzzy HBO series “True Detective.”

Netflix stresses that the film would debut in “select” theaters — an important caveat given that its distribution platform will mean some exhibitors won’t show the film. Most major theater chains refuse to screen films that do not honor a 90 day delay between their theatrical debut and their home en...

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