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Netflix announces release dates for its first set of original movies

Adam Sandler, Cary Fukunaga, and Pee-wee Herman are on the way

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Netflix has slowly been getting into the business of making original movies, but it's all been smoke and acquisitions — until now. The company has announced the release schedule for its first set of films, and they're coming this year.

Arriving on October 16th is Beasts of No Nation, the new film from True Detective director Cary Fukunaga. The film will be going live on Netflix, and is still set to open in select US theaters — very likely a qualifying run for any potential awards consideration at the end of the year.

'The Ridiculous Six' will beat 'The Hateful Eight' by two weeks

The first of four Adam Sandler films being made for Netflix, The Ridiculous Six, will debut on December 11th. Sandler, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, and Nick Nolte all star in the film, which will be beating the 70mm release of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight by a couple of weeks.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend will be released on Netflix in the first quarter of next year, with a theatrical release in China and a planned domestic IMAX release. Yuen Wo-Ping, a filmmaker and stunt coordinator who's worked on everything from Once Upon a Time in China to Kill Bill, is directing.

Following that in March of 2016 is Pee-wee's Big Holiday, the collaboration between Paul Reubens and Judd Apatow. According to Netflix's description, in the film "a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger" kicks off Pee-wee's adventure, and while I'm not going to say that they're making a huge mistake if that stranger isn't Chairry, they're making a huge mistake if that stranger isn't Chairry.


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