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Rumor: Netflix’s ‘Okja’ And ‘War Machine’ Won’t Be At Cannes

Kevin Jagernauth April 6, 2017 2:59 pm

We’re exactly one week away from Thierry Frémaux and the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival unveiling their lineup for this year. It’s even more of a mystery this time around than in past years, as we don’t even know the opening film yet, and while there has been plenty of speculation, at the end of the day, nobody really knows anything. Still, everyone is continuing to peer hard into the crystal ball and read the tea leaves, and it appears two big contenders won’t be walking down the red carpet.

Cineuropa is hearing rumors that Netflix titles “Okja” and “War Machine” won’t be on the Croisette, and it’s certainly some surprising news. Many had assumed that Cannes fave Bong Joon-ho would show off his starry new movie — featuring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, among others — at the fest, though it’s not much surprise that the Brad Pitt military satire isn’t going, as it was always seen as a question mark.

Again, this is just a rumor, so it’s not clear if Netflix didn’t submit them or Cannes passed, but certainly the fest has made their feelings known that they adore the streaming service’s rival, Amazon.

“They are good for cinema. Amazon and the people in charge of cinema at Amazon…they are movie buffs,” Frémaux said last spring, when Cannes hosted a plethora of Amazon titles including Woody Allen’s “Café Society,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” Park Chan-Wook’s “The Handmaiden” and Jim Jarmusch‘s “Gimme Danger” and “Paterson.”

If it does come true that “Okja” and “War Machine” aren’t at the fest, it’ll interesting to find out the story behind it. Did Cannes snub Netflix, not digging its approach to theatrical releases? Or did Netflix, who doesn’t play by anybody’s rules, decide that with a global audience at their fingerprints, a Cannes launch for “Okja” and “War Machine” is a moot point?


  1. Hi Fussy,

    News of Brad filming in July:

  2. James Gray Says ‘Heart Of Darkness’-Esque Sci-Fi ‘Ad Astra’ Starring Brad Pitt Shoots This Summer
    Brad Pitt and James Gray have been trying for years to get the stars and their schedules to align to work together. The once mooted assassin movie “The Gray Man” and “The Lost City Of Z” both went through periods where Pitt and Gray were going to collaborate, but for various reasons, they just couldn’t come together. But now, they are pairing up on a project that sounds tremendously exciting.

    A couple months back it was reported that Pitt was circling Gray’s sci-fi flick “Ad Astra,” and the director confirms the film is going ahead, with cameras rolling very soon. Finally, Pitt and Gray will get to make a movie.

    “I’m terrified by it. The science-fiction genre is so tricky because there are elements of fantasy usually involved, and there are also fantastical elements. What I’m trying to do is the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie and to basically say, ‘Space is awfully hostile to us.’ It’s kind of a ‘Heart of Darkness‘ story about traveling to the outer edge of our solar system. I have a lot of hopes for it but it is certainly ambitious… It starts shooting July 17th, so not too far away,” the director told Collider.

    It’s another interesting clue about the movie, of which plot details have been kept pretty guarded. But I’d imagine as the shoot date draws near and more cast members come aboard, we’ll get a clearer picture about what Gray is cooking up.

    His latest film, “The Lost City Of Z,” is now playing.