NETFLIX AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO PARTNER ON UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY "VIRUNGA," PREMIERING NOVEMBER 7
Beverly Hills, Ca., October 17, 2014 - Netflix is teaming up with actor, producer and philanthropist Leonardo DiCaprio as well as production company Appian Way Productions on the upcoming original documentary release, VIRUNGA.
Part investigative journalism and part nature documentary, VIRUNGA is an acclaimed film from director Orlando von Einsiedel that follows an embattled team of park rangers and the endangered mountain gorillas they protect, as they are caught in the crossfire of poachers, militia and industry in Africa's oldest national park. DiCaprio will serve as an executive producer on the film, which is slated for release on November 7 in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and on Netflix in all territories where Netflix is available.
"Films like VIRUNGA are powerful stories that are a window into the incredible cultural and natural diversity of our world, the forces that are threatening to destroy it, and the people who are fighting to protect it. Partnering with Netflix on this film is an exciting opportunity to inform and inspire individuals to engage on this topic," said DiCaprio.
"Leo intuitively understands that there is nothing like the power of film to reach people's hearts and minds," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "With VIRUNGA, we'll work with Leo to introduce viewers around the world to an incredible, gripping story that will have audiences guessing right up until the final act."
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About Appian Way Productions
Appian Way Productions is a Los Angeles-based film and television production company founded by Leonardo DiCaprio. Jennifer Davisson Killoran serves as President of Production. It currently holds a First Look Deal with Warner Bros. Since its launch, Appian Way has released a diverse slate of films including Martin Scorsese's Golden Globe (R) and Academy Awards (R) nominated THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and THE AVIATOR along with SHUTTER ISLAND, Scott Cooper's OUT OF THE FURNACE, and George Clooney's Golden Globe (R) nominated THE IDES OF MARCH, the psychological thriller ORPHAN among others. The company is currently in post-production on Dennis Iliadis' HOME with Blumhouse and Dan Myrick's UNDER THE BED with Radar Pictures. The upcoming production slate includes the film adaptation of Dennis Lehane's critically acclaimed novel LIVE BY NIGHT which Ben Affleck will adapt, direct and star, Jaume Collet Serra's AKIRA written by Dante Harper and two projects written by Billy Ray: Joseph Kosinski's TWILIGHT ZONE, and an Untitled Richard Jewell Project starring Jonah Hill.