October 18,2014: DiCaprio will executive produce ‘Virunga’ through his Appian Way production company.
Leonardo DiCaprio is going gorillas for his next filmâ€”literally.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix announced yet another industry shaking move with its plans to team up with â€œThe Wolf Of Wall Streetâ€ actor for â€œVirunga,â€ a documentary about park rangers and the gorillas they safeguard.
DiCaprio will executive produce the film under his production company Appian Way.
â€œFilms 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,â€ DiCaprio said. â€œPartnering with Netflix on this film is an exciting opportunity to inform and inspire individuals to engage on this topic.â€
Orlando von Einsiedel has been tapped to direct the film, which will explore the conflict between park rangers and the poachers who threaten the endangered primates in Virunga National Park in the Congo.
Coupled with its four-picture deal with Adam Sandler, this venture solidifies Netflixâ€™s move into the all-new original feature film business.
â€œVirungaâ€ will air on Netflix and hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on the same day: November 7