US cinemas boycott Idris Elba’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ starring Ama K Abebrese and others
Sometime last year, I spilled the beans that Hollywood sensation, Idris Elba was in Ghana to film the movie ‘Beasts of No Nation’ which is based on a novel written by Uzodinma Iweala and being directed by Cary Fukunaga (read here). I shared some exclusive footage from the set but after I was threatened with a lawsuit by the producers, Red Crown Production, I had to pull down those photos. It appears the highly shielded movie will hit the public soon via Netflix, and according to reports, American cinemas are not happy.
US cinema chains have boycotted showing Beasts of No Nation after Netflix was announced as its distributor. Idris Elba’s African war drama may now only get a release in 200 to 250 independent cinemas, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Chains such as Regal, AMC and Cinemark are opposed to screening a film that is simultaneously debuting somewhere else, such as video on demand
It was announced on March 3 that Netflix would distribute Beasts of No Nation, with plans to open in select cinemas and on the streaming platform. Beasts of No Nationcasts Elba as a West African military leader who drafts a young boy into his army ofchild soldiers. The movie also features Ama K Abebrese, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe