Jamie Dornan

Irish Abroad: Netflix acquire worldwide rights to Richie Smith’s Jadotville

Variety is reporting that Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights for new Irish film Jadotville. The deal will see Netflix release the film theatrically for an Oscar qualifying run, in addition to distribution on its Internet subscription VOD services.

Jadotville is an Irish-South African co-production and is directed by Richie Smyth. Jamie Dornan and Guillaume Canet are set to star in the film that starts shooting in Ireland in April.

The film is based off Kevin Brodbin’s screenplay, and follows an Irish military commander in a stand-off with French and Belgian mercenaries in the Congo in the early 1960s.

Alan Moloney (Byzantium) will produce for Parallel Films, with financing coming from Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board.