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Netflix Acquires Ciarán Foy's Eli
14 Dec 2018 : Nathan Griffin
The U.S streaming giant acquired the global rights to the Irish director’s horror film from Paramount Pictures.

‘Eli’ follows the story of a young boy who’s plagued by an unknown, debilitating illness that requires him to live completely sealed off from the outside world. After exhausting every option, his parents put their trust—and Eli’s life—in the hands of a doctor whose experimental treatments may be the boy’s last hope. As Eli undergoes the intense process that could potentially cure him, he begins to be haunted by experiences that force him to question who he can trust.

Charlie Shotwell(‘Captain Fantastic’) stars as the title character Lili Taylor(‘The Nun’) also stars as the doctor alongside Kelly Reilly(‘True Detective’), Max Martini(‘Fifty Shades of Grey’) and Sadie Sink(‘Stranger Things’). Meanwhile, Foy is best known as the director of ‘Sinister 2’, which he landed on the strength of his 2012 indie thriller ‘Citadel’.

The film was produced by Trevor Macyfilm via his Intrepid Pictures banner along with John Zaozirny, while Matt Alvarez executive produced ‘Eli’ alongside Melinda Nishiokaand Jenny Hinkey. The film was due for release on the new Paramount Players lablel but instead becomes the third Paramount title to be sold to Netflix this year.

Speaking to Collider about the acquisition, Producer Trevor Macy said:

“I’ve had a lot of really good experiences with genre material on Netflix and I’m really proud for them to have this movie”

Producer John Zaozirny added:

“We’re super excited to be working with Netflix and know they’ll make excellent partners. I can’t wait for everyone to see what a great film Ciarán has made and the amazing performances of the actors.”

‘Eli’ was due from a January 2019 release with Paramount but it is now expected to release on Netflix at some point in early 2019. 

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