Netflix has picked up Jadotville, a war drama starring Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan for a 2016 debut. The movie will go into production in April, with shooting locations in Ireland and South Africa.
Netflix acquired the film at the Berlin Film Festival. Here's the description:
A gripping true story of incredible bravery against impossible odds, the film thrillingly depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Canet plays a French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men.
The film is directed by Richie Smyth and written by Kevin Brodbin (Constantine). Alan Moloney will produce for Parallel Films.
"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," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "This film will be an amazing addition to our global original films initiative."
"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 center into the film business. We are proud and excited to be part of their story and innovation," said Parallel Films' Alan Moloney.
Also at the Berlin Film Festival, Netflix screened Better Call Saul, Bloodline, What Happened, Miss Simone?, and Chef's Table.
Netflix also just released a new trailer for forthcoming documentary My Own Man from executive producer Edward Norton.
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