(Contact Music) – Beasts of No Nation, Cary Fukunaga’s African war drama that was acquired by Netflix for $12 million, may only be shown in 200 to 250 independent theaters after Regal, AMC and Cinemark committed to boycotting the picture. The movie, starring Idris Elba, tells the story of a child soldier torn from his family to fight in a civil war in an unnamed African country.
The chains have their backs up because the movie will screen online simultaneously with the theatrical release when there’s usually at least a 90-day break between the two.
Producer Amy Kaufman told Variety that the filmmakers had made the right decision. “This movie will have the muscle of Netflix behind it,” she said. “It will definitely be seen by a lot more and different kinds of people through Netflix than it would have through a traditional platform.