Wednesday 17 July 2019

Netflix buys rights to Jamie Dornan's next movie

Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Following on from the success of BDSM box office hit '50 Shades of Grey', Netflix have acquired the global premiere of Jamie Dornan's next film 'Jadotville'.

The film is based on the siege of Jadotville in 1961, which saw an Irish UN battalion come under attack by 3,000 Congolese troops, led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies.

It will premier on Netflix across all territories in 2016.

In addition, the company is expected to release the film theatrically for an Oscar qualifying run.

The film is being produced by Alan Maloney of Irish production company Parallel Films.

Dornan will play Commandant Patrick Quinlan, who led the UN battalion.

Kevin Brodbin wrote the screenplay, which is due to go into production this April, and will be directed by Richie Smith.

Speaking about the part Dornan said Commandant Quinlan was a "treat to tackle".

"It's an unbelievable story and Commandant Pat Quinlan is … a treat of a character to tackle.

"I'm a big fan of both Richie Smyth and Alan Moloney and I'm very much looking forward to working with them both."

Guillaume Canet will also star as the French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men.

The thriller has already drawn comparisons with 'Blackhawk Down'.

The acquisition by Netflix is seen as a further sign that that company is expanding beyond original TV series, like 'House of Cards' and 'Orange Is the New Black', and into original film.

In other film news, 'Game of Thrones' star Liam Cunningham has been cast alongside former 'Twilight' actor Robert Pattinson in 'The Childhood of a Leader'.

The story focuses on the growth of fascism and follows an American family settling in the French countryside at the end of WWI.

Irish Independent

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