Netflix stepped up its game for the new year. The streaming giant, which competes against the three-time Oscar Award-winning Amazon Prime, as well as competitor Hulu Plus, has taken on 2017 with guns and wallets blazing, in what is being widely described as ‘Netflix’s takeover’.
We have taken the liberty to compile Netflix newest announcements into one list. So sit back and get ready to be shocked by some of the new projects Netflix is releasing this year.
Sand Castle – Release: April 21
The Netflix original film Sand Castle follows a group of American soldiers in the early days of the Second world war. Set in Iraq 2003, the film follows Private Matt Ocre played by Nicholas Hoult (Skins, Mad Max: Fury Road) who, with his fellow soldiers, is ordered to the outskirts of Baqubah to repair a water pumping station damaged by U.S. bombs. Once there, Ocre discovers an atmosphere where anger and fear fester, but he learns the true cost of war when he realises that trying to win the hearts and minds of the locals is a task fraught with danger.
The film is written by Army Veteran Chris Roessner who wrote the screenplay as a way to decompress his own memories from his time in Iraq. In an interview with the Pat Tillman Foundation Roessner described his past experiences and his reasoning for penning the screenplay.
“While I was in Iraq I learned about the limitless potential that human beings have. I saw kids a little bit older than me do some really amazing things under incredible duress. I spent a year there witnessing day in and day out what it is that human beings are capable of, certainly in the heroic sense, but also the day to day coping sense of what’s going on around you. It’s amazing how adaptive the human mind can be to whatever the circumstances are,” said Roessner.
“At the time, I wasn’t writing it for my career, but rather just to keep myself sane. I didn’t expect there to be any grand attention garnered for it. Anything that continues to happen with this screenplay is still a big surprise to me. My initial impulse to write it was to get it out and say ‘I have all of this stuff, memories and experiences stored up inside me.’”
The film is Directed by Fernando Coimbra and stars Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill, Glen Powell, Logan Marshall-Green, Beau Knapp, Neil Brown Jr., Parker Sawyers, Sam Spruell, Sammy Sheik, Tommy Flanagan and is available only on Netflix April 21.
Mind Hunter – Release: October 2017
From the two-time Oscar award nominated Director David Fincher who is responsible for iconic works such as Fight Club, Panic Room, Se7en, Zodiac, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, comes the Netflix original series Mind Hunter.
The series follows the FBI’s Serial Crime Unit who are responsible for tracking down serial killers and rapists.
The series stars Jonathan Groff (Looking), Holt McCallanay (Sully), Anna Torv (Fringe) and Hannah Gross (Unless), and is executive produced by Fincher, Joshua Donen (Gone Girl, The Quick and the Dead) Charlize Theron (Girlboss, Hatfields & McCoys) and Cean Chaffin (Gone Girl, Fight Club)
Glow – Release: Friday, June 23.
Created by Liz Flahive who penned and produced episodes of Homeland and Nurse Jackie, and Carly Mensch who produced and wrote episodes of Nurse Jackie, Orange is the New Black and Weeds comes the Netflix Original series Glow, inspired by a short-lived show from the eighties.
Glow tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder played by Alison Brie (Community), and out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom in the world of women’s wrestling. Clad in spandex and glitter with 12 other misfits, Ruth has to compete under the wheel of Sam Sylvia played by Marc Maron (Almost Famous) a washed-up, B-movie director who must lead this group of women to wrestling stardom.
Jenji Kohan creator of Orange is the New Black and Tara Hermann will serve as executive producers for the series, alongside showrunner Flahive and Mensch.
Thirteen Reasons Why – Release: March 31
13 Reasons Why is a Netflix original series adapted from the New York Times bestselling mystery novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. The series is Executive produced by Selena Gomez and directed by Academy Award winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight).
The thirteen episode series follows teenager Clay Jensen played by Dylan Minnette (Prisoners, Don’t Breathe) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his front porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker played by Katherine Langford (Daughter) his classmate and crush, who committed suicide only two weeks earlier. On the tapes, Hannah details the thirteen reasons why she ended her life, and Clay may be one of them.
“Hey, it’s Hannah, Hannah Baker. Settle in, because I am about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically why my life ended,” says Hannah’s voice as a clearly distraught Clay listens on.
“And if you are listening to this tape. You are one of the reasons why.”
War Machine – Release: May 26, 2017
War Machine is Directed by Aussie David Michôd (Animal Kingdom). The star-studded film is inspired by the bookThe Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan written by the late journalist Michael Hastings.
The Netflix Original film follows a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody. Brad Pitt plays a charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé.
The film stars A-listers, Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Emory Cohen (The OA), Topher Grace (That ’70s Show), Anthony Michael Hall (The Breakfast Club), Will Poulter (The Revenant), Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton), Meg Tilly (Body Snatchers), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), and Sir Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List).
Five Came Back – Release: March 31.
Five Came Back is a three-part documentary series with narration by three-time Oscar award-winning actress Meryl Streep.
The documentary series tells the story of five filmmakers, Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens, and William Wyler, who said goodbye to their families and risked their lives to tell the story World War II.
The documentary is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Scott Rudin and Barry Diller, and features commentary from Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass and Lawrence Kasdan.
The documentary is adapted from Mark Harris’ best-selling book, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War.
OKJA – Release: June 28
Okja is Directed by the mastermind behind the critically acclaimed film Snow Piercer, Bong Joon Ho.
The film follows the journey of a young girl named Mija from the South Korean mountains, who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend – a giant animal named ‘Okja‘.
The Netflix Original film stars Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) and Lily Collins (Stuck in Love).
Bright – Release: December
Will Smith and Joel Edgerton hit the small screen in Netflix’s new sci-fi action-thriller Bright, Directed by Suicide Squad’s David Ayer.
The upcoming film is set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies coexist. Will Smith plays a human cop named Ward, alongside his not-so-human partner Jakoby the orc played by Joel Edgerton. The pair conduct night patrol where they battle their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies.
Ward and Jakoby work together to protect a young female elf and a long-forgotten relic, which could destroy everything if it lands in the wrong hands.
Bright stars Will Smith (Men in Black, I Am Legend), Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Black Mass), Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, Alien: Covenant), Lucy Fry (11.22.63), Edgar Ramirez (Point Break), and Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad).
Dark – Release: Winter (US) 2017
The Netflix Original series Dark tells the story of a missing child who sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers. In what is being described by many as the German Stranger Things, a search for a culprit will unearth the small town’s sins and secrets.
Much like in the Netflix shows The OA and Stranger Things, it seems as if a supernatural entity is at play. The dark trailer depicts a family grieving for their lost son, a herd of sheep dead in a paddock and a diagram showing the dates 1953, 1986, and 2019 (presumably the dates children went missing.)
Dark is the first German Netflix Original to arrive on the platform.
Ingobernable – Release: March 24rd
The Netflix Original series Ingobernable is a 15-episode Mexican political drama following First Lady Emilia Urquiza, who has big plans to improve the conditions of the country. Emilia is described as having a strong personality, conviction and clear ideas that make her capable of doing anything: making a president, leaving a president and killing a president.
Emilia is described as having a strong personality, conviction and clear ideas that make her capable of doing anything: making a president, leaving a president and killing a president.
When Emilia starts to lose faith in her husband, she will need to find a way to deal with the challenge, and uncover the truth.