Netflix has set Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba and Abraham Attah, for a day-and-date (i.e., streaming and theatrical) release on October 16, 2015. The streaming company has teamed with film distributor Bleecker Street for the theatrical release, though most major exhibitors refuse to screen Beasts due to its day-and-date release.
The film opens the same day as fellow Oscar contenders Bridge of Spies from Steven Spielberg and Crimson Peak from Guillermo del Toro as well as the Jack Black-led Goosebumps film. One wonders whether the unlikelihood of a nationwide theatrical release will hurt Beasts‘s chances at Oscar glory. (Maybe if Netflix reports its streaming numbers…)