Netflix unveils The Legend of Cocaine Island this March, with the premiere of its latest original documentary.
Theo Love’s film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, before the streaming giant promptly pounced on it. It tells the story of a small-business owner and family man, who comes across the legend of a buried stash of cocaine worth $2 million hidden in the Caribbean. Having been wiped out during the Great Recession, he hatches a plan to retrieve the buried loot, using the talents of a band of colorful misfits. But without prior drug-running experience, trouble (and laughter) ensues.
The tale of a map, buried treasure and a plan, you can see the end result on Friday 29th March, when it premieres worldwide on Netflix. Here’s the trailer:
Netflix nabs Tribeca documentary The Legend of Cocaine Island
7th September 2018
Netflix has nabbed the rights to the documentary The Legend of Cocaine Island.
Theo Love’s film, previously titled White Tide: The Legend of Culebra, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it was enthusiastically embraced by audiences and critics who referred to the film as one of the most compulsively watchable documentaries in years.
In The Legend of Cocaine Island, a small-business owner and family man comes across the legend of a buried stash of cocaine worth $2 million hidden in the Caribbean. Having been wiped out during the Great Recession, he hatches a plan to retrieve the buried loot, using the talents of a band of colorful misfits. But without prior drug-running experience, trouble (and laughter) ensues.
“We didn’t set out to make a documentary in the traditional sense. We wanted to make a movie. A Big fat, entertaining movie,” says Love. “I grew up thinking documentaries had to be boring, stuffy, educational films but then I got my Netflix subscription. Netflix changed the game for docs in every way and we’re thrilled to add to their collection of true stories.”
The Legend of Cocaine Island is director Theo Love’s sophomore feature. Love is a commercial director, an Emmy-winning editor, and screenwriter. His critically acclaimed directorial debut Little Hope Was Arson, was curated by PBS’ Independent Lens and played theatrically across the country.
The documentary is produced by Bryan Storkel and Theo Love, executive produced by Brian Knappenberger, Jeff Goldstein, Tom Love and Nate Larson, and stars Rodney Hyden as himself. The acquisition was handled by Josh Braun and Ben Braun of Submarine Entertainment.
“With this film we had one goal in mind,” adds Storkel, “Entertain audiences on a large scale. Netflix was the buyer we had in mind from the beginning, and partnering with them to reach over 130 million people is a dream come true.”
The Netflix Original Documentary will launch globally in 2019.
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