Leonardo DiCaprio, Netflix team up for 'Virunga' documentary
Netflix is teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio for another film that will be released simultaneously in theaters and on the online streaming service.
Described as “part investigative journalism and part nature documentary,” Virunga follows a group of park rangers in Africa’s oldest national park as they try to protect endangered gorillas from poachers and militia.
DiCaprio will serve as an executive producer on the documentary, which will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 7, the same day it will be released on Netflix. Appian Way Productions is also producing.
“Films like Virunga are powerful stories that are a window into the incredible culture and natural diversity of our world, the forces that are threatening to destroy it, and the people who are fighting to protect it,” DiCaprio said in a statement to EW. “Partnering with Netflix on this film is an exciting opportunity to inform and inspire individuals to engage on this topic.”
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said, “Leo intuitively understands that there is nothing like the power of film to reach people’s hearts and minds. 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.”
The news comes weeks after similar plans were announced for the release of a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel.Several theaters announced they would not screen the film due to its simultaneous release on Netflix.