“Beasts” may be a small, $6 million movie about a child soldier in Africa, but there was nothing tiny about Netflix’s play for the picture. In order to nab its prize, the streaming service had to edge out the likes of Fox Searchlight and Focus Features, pledging an awards-qualifying run along with the richest offer.
It’s a gaudy pricetag, and a bet that Fukunaga, director of the first season of “True Detective,” will appeal to a segment of Netflix’s subscriber base of 57.4 million in the same way that “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black” have encouraged viewers to sign up, or to stay with the service....
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