Netflix Announces Fall Movie Slate, Including Theatrical Releases

Netflix Aug. 30 announced its fall original movie release slate for 28 feature films, some of which include exclusive limited theatrical runs to appease industry award rules. Notable titles include director David Fincher’s The Killer, starring Michael Fassbender as a sinister assassin, on Nov. 10 following an Oct. 27 theatrical release.

Michael Fassbender as The Killer. Cr. Netflix ©2023

NYAD, co-starring Annette Bening as endurance swimmer, broadcaster, author Diane Nyad, and Jodie Foster as her trainer Bonnie Stoll, arrives Nov. 3 following Oct. 20 theatrical release.

NYAD. Annette Bening as Diana Nyad in NYAD. Cr. Liz Parkinson/Netflix ©2023

Pain Hustlers (Oct. 27, following Oct. 20 theatrical debut) stars Emily Blunt as a single mom struggling to raise her daughter who takes a job out of desperation. She begins work at a failing pharmaceutical startup, but what she doesn’t anticipate is the dangerous racketeering scheme she’s suddenly entered. Co-stars include Chris Evans, Catherine O’Hara, Chloe Coleman, Jay Duplass, Brian d’Arcy James, Amit Shah, Aubrey Dollar, Willie Raysor and Andy Garcia.

Others include Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire (Dec. 22); Maestro, starring Bradley Cooper, in theaters Nov. 22 and streaming Dec. 20; and Wes Anderson’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar in theaters on Sept. 20, and streaming Sept. 27.

Rebel Moon. (L-R) Charlie Hunnam as Kai, Michiel Huisman as Gunnar, Sofia Boutella as Kora, Staz Nair as Tarak and Djimon Hounsou as Titus in Rebel Moon. Cr. Netflix ©2023

Director Robert Rodriguez’s latest Spy Kids: Armageddon streams on Sept. 22; drama Reptile, co-starring Benicio Del Toro, Justin Timberlake, Eric Bogosian, Alicia Silverstone, hits theaters Sept. 29, followed by streaming Oct. 6.

Documentary Sly streams on Nov. 3, showcasing Oscar-nominated actor-writer-director-producer Sylvester Stallone’s inspirational underdog-story with the indelible movie characters he brought to life.

Sly. Sylvester Stallone in Sly. Cr. Rob DeMartin/Netflix © 2023

Other releases include:

Fair Play streaming on Oct. 13, and playing in select theaters beginning Sept. 29. Phoebe Dynevor, Alden Ehrenreich, Eddie Marsan co-star in the drama about an unexpected promotion at a cutthroat hedge fund that pushes a young couple’s relationship to the brink, threatening to unravel far more than their recent engagement. 

Other releases include doc The Devil on Trial (Oct. 7), which explores the first — and only — time “demonic possession” has officially been used as a defense in a U.S. murder trial. 

Comedy Old Dads (Oct. 20) co-stars Bill Burr, Bobby Cannavale, Bokeem Woodbine, Katie Aselton, Reign Edwards, Miles Robbins, Jackie Tohn and Rachael Harris. Three best friends become fathers later in life and find themselves battling preschool principals, millennial CEOs and anything created after 1987.

Spanish horror movie Sister Death streams in October about a young novice with supernatural powers, who arrives at a former convent, now a school for girls, to become a teacher.

November releases include Frances’s heist drama Wing Women (Voleuses) about two best friends who are attractive master thieves — and tired of life on the run.

‘Rustin,’ with Gus Helper as Tom, CCH Pounder as Dr. Anna Hedgeman, Colman Domingo as Bayard Rustin, Melissa Rakiro as Yvette, Ayana Workman as Eleanor, Lilli Kay as Rochelle, Jordan-Amanda Hall as Charlene, Jakeem Dante Powell as Norm

Drama Rustin (streaming Nov. 17, in select theaters Nov. 3) showcases the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who is considered the architect of 1963’s March on Washington. Directed by DGA Award and five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, and starring Emmy Award winner Colman Domingo, Rustin shines a spotlight on the man who, alongside the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and Ella Baker, dared to imagine a different world, and inspired a movement in a march toward freedom. 

Animated family musical comedy Leo (Nov. 21), co-starring the voices of Adam Sandler, Bill Burr, Cecily Strong and Jason Alexander, among others, is about the last year of elementary school — as seen through the eyes of a class pet — a 74-year-old lizard Leo (Sandler).

Comedy Family Switch (Nov. 30) directed by McG, co-stars Jennifer Garner and Ed Helms, in the story of a family trying to do their best to stay connected as their children (Emma Myers and Brady Noon) grow older, more independent, and more distant.

‘Family Switch’ — (L-R) Emma Myers as CC, Brady Noon as Wyatt, Jennifer Garner as Jess Walker and Ed Helms as Bill Walker in Family Switch. Cr. Colleen Hayes/Netflix © 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May December. (L-R) Natalie Portman as Elizabeth Berry and Julianne Moore as Gracie Atherton-Yoo. Cr. Francois Duhamel / courtesy of Netflix

Drama May December streams Dec. 1 after screening in select theaters on Nov. 17. Directed by Todd Haynes, the movie co-stars Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore and Charles Melton, about a married couple whose relationship is strained when an actress (Portman) arrives to do research for a film about their past.

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India’s romantic comedy The Archies (December) is set in the 1960s in the fictional hill station town called Riverdale. The movie is a coming-of-age musical following the lives of the town’s favorite set of teenagers seen through the lens of the unique Anglo-Indian community.

‘The Archies’

Thriller Leave the World Behind streams on Dec. 8 following a theatrical release (to be announced). Co-starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, Myha’la, Farrah Mackenzie, Charlie Evans and Kevin Bacon, the plot finds a family’s vacation upended when two strangers arrive at night, seeking refuge from a cyberattack that grows more terrifying by the minute, forcing everyone to come to terms with their places in a collapsing world.

‘Leave the World Behind’ — Mahershela Ali as G.H., Myha’la Herrold as Ruth, Julia Roberts as Amanda and Ethan Hawke as Clay. CR: JoJo Whilden

Finally, the animated action-adventure sequel to 2000’s Chicken Run, Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget (Dec. 15) features a voice cast led by Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi, Bella Ramsey, Imelda Staunton, Lynn Ferguson, David Bradley, Jane Horrocks, Romesh Ranganathan, Daniel Mays, Josie Sedgwick-Davies and Nick Mohammed. 

‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’ — (L-R): Rocky (Zachary Levi) and Ginger (Thandiwe Newton) are back, Image Cr: Aardman/NETFLIX © 2022

 

 

Netflix: 295 Million People Streamed Four Original Movies in First 28 Days of Release in Q3, Led By ‘The Old Guard’

Netflix original movie Cuties may have generated the headlines,  viewers and notoriety, but the SVOD behemoth said four other original movies scored the highest with subscribers in the third quarter (ended Sept. 30).

Netflix said action thriller The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, was the streamer’s most popular title in the quarter, generating 78 million member households who watched at least two minutes of the movie in its first four weeks of release.

Romantic comedy sequel The Kissing Booth 2 generated 66 million member households, while action movie Project Power, starring Jamie Foxx, attracted 75 million member households. Late in September, Netflix debuted Enola Holmes, starring Millie Bobby Brown as Enola and Henry Cavill as her famed detective brother Sherlock Holmes. Netflix estimates 76 million member households will have streamed the movie in the first 28 days last this month.

In the current quarter, original movies include animated family film Over the Moon from director Glen Keane (premiering this weekend); The Midnight Sky (directed by and starring George Clooney); Hillbilly Elegy (from Ron Howard); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (with Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman); The Christmas Chronicles 2 (from Chris Columbus); Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (with Forest Whitaker); Mank (David Fincher’s first feature at Netflix); and Ryan Murphy’s The Prom, starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden and Kerry Washington.

Netflix has begun production on action film Red Notice, starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds.

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“Our content successes highlight our ability to tap into our global audience of nearly 200 million members,” co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos wrote in the shareholder letter.

Meanwhile, new seasons of “The Umbrella Academy” and “Lucifer” generated 43 million and 38 million member households in their first 28 days of release. In mid-September, Ryan Murphy’s “Ratched,” a thriller based on the nurse from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and starring Sarah Paulson, generated 48 million member households chose to watch the horror drama. Netflix’s No. 1 and No. 2 documentary feature films included American Murder: The Family Next Door, which is projected to generate 52 million members households in its first 28 days, followed by The Social Dilemma, with 38 million.