Netflix Picks Up ‘Jadotville’ War Drama Starring Jamie Dornan for 2016 Debut

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Netflix will premiere war thriller “Jadotville,” starring Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), across all its territories in 2016.

The film is slated to go into production in April, shooting in Ireland and South Africa. The project was brought to the European Film Market at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival by Alex Walton’s Bloom; the deal with Netflix was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group.

Netflix acquired all rights to “Jadotville” and will debut the film on its Internet subscription VOD services. In addition, the company may also release the film theatrically for a qualifying run.

“Jadotville” tells the true story of the 1961 siege of a 150-member Irish U.N. battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops, led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Film also stars Guillaume Canet (“Tell No One”) as the French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men.

Netflix announced the pact for the Dornan-toplined film after erotic drama “Fifty Shades” pulled down a record $94.4 million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend at the U.S. box office. Dornan is repped by UTA and United Agents.

“Jadotville” is directed by Richie Smyth, a commercial and musicvideo director (U2, Bon Jovi, the Verve) and written by Kevin Brodbin (“Constantine”). Alan Moloney will produce for Parallel Films (“Haywire,” “Albert Nobbs,” “Byzantium”).

“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,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. “This film will be an amazing addition to our global original films initiative.”

Added Moloney, “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.”

Netflix’s other movie projects include a deal with Adam Sandler for four films and an agreement with Weinstein Co. and Imax to debut the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” simultaneously in theaters and on Netflix in August 2015. In addition, Netflix last month reached a deal with indie filmmakers and thesps Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass to produce four movies, which will have a brief theatrical release before becoming available exclusively on Netflix.

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  1. Davyjc says:

    Two colonial invaders fighting each other over oil in Africa. True or not, it’s another Eurocentric point of view of a very bad time for the Continent.

    • The Irish were there under a United Nations mandate to end a civil war tearing the country apart.
      The true story is one of heroism against overwhelming odds. What a shame that the men of
      Company A, 35th Battalion (150 men) were seen as cowards by the own military for surrendering
      when they ran out of ammunition fighting over 1000 besieging their compound.

    • davybarrett83 says:

      The irish have never been invaders of any country .the were themselves invaded and ruled by england for 800 years up until the early 1900’s .so what are you talking about?

  2. kringlecat says:

    If anyone needs proof that the guy can act, watch the Fall. Excellent.

  3. Mitch says:

    This is a great role for Jamie to cash in on some of his 50 Shades exposure and do something of substance.

  4. Amy Lloyd says:

    He was so good in the Fall. I have not idea why he would do that 50 shades of grey movie – well money i guess.

    • Christina says:

      No he did it so he could get the opportunity to do movies like this. It’s called pulling power which without fifty he would not have had for major film roles

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