As the Toronto International Film Festival draws to a close, one of the films gathering critical support behind it last weekend was Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation, directed by True Detective Emmy winner Cary Joji Fukunaga. After finishing work on the hit HBO series, Fukunaga already had Beasts of No Nation in place, financed and ready to be shot in Ghana, a country he chose to set production in, despite the fact that the country lacked a film crew infrastructure. Fukunaga originally started penning the story about a African warlord called the Commandant (Idris Elba) who rallies an army of destitute, boy soldiers in 2006 for Focus Features. Fukunaga stopped by Deadline/Awardsline’s studio in TIFF to speak about the uphill battle in putting the project together as well as what drew him to Uzodinma Iweala’s novel, which isn’t technically set in a specific African nation. Netflix will both stream and play Beasts of Nation in select theaters on Oct. 16.
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