Netflix snaps up rights to first film shot in Equatorial Guinea
James R | On 10, Jun 2016
Netflix has snapped up the rights to Where the Road Runs Out.
The first film to shoot in Equatorial Guinea, the streaming giant announced the acquisition of the drama this week, following a series of award-winning screenings at festivals, including San Diego and the Helsinki African Film Festival.
Directed by Rudolf Buitendach, it stars Isaach de Bankolé (Casino Royale) as George, a world-weary scientist in Rotterdam who turns his back on the academic world and returns to his African returns following the sudden death of an old friend in Equatorial Guinea.
Arriving there, he finds his friend’s field station in a state of disrepair and meets a local boy, Jimi, whose sunny disposition “opens George’s jaded eyes to the possibilities of life in this rich and colourful place”. Through Jimi, George is introduced to Corina (Juliet Landau, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who runs the orphanage which the little boy calls home, and a tentative romance begins.
Netflix bought the rights from Fairway Film Alliance and Ocean Avenue Entertainment to stream Where the Road Runs Out in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Update 17.07.16: The film will be released on 1st August 2016, its writer, David Hughes, has announced.