“Could Be Too Dark For Mainstream Success”

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights (excluding select Asian territories) to the Spanish sci-fi hit The Platform.

The streamer swooped in and sealed the deal with XYZ Films, CAA Media Finance, and Latido Films. The film has generated some incredible buzz since its world premiere in Toronto last Friday. It screens again at TIFF’s Midnight Madness on Sunday, September 15.

Ivan Massague (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Antonia San Juan (All About My Mother) star in the story about a man who volunteers to be incarcerated in a dystopian prison with the promise of moving up the social ladder.

The institution is a vertically stacked prison where cells move each month and inmates get to partake of a gourmet feast that moves to the next level after a few minutes at each level.

The official synopsis reads:

“In a future “dystopia”, prisoners housed in vertically stacked cells watch hungrily as food descends from above, feeding the upper tiers, but leaving those below ravenous and radicalized.”

Screendaily wrote in its review:

”Part Swift, part Saw, and determinedly grim, this Toronto premiere is sure to become a cult favorite of similarly uncompromising horror fans, although its mood could be too dark for mainstream success.”

Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia makes his directorial debut from a screenplay by David Desola and Pedro Rivero. Carlos Juárez produced The Platform, and co-producers are David Matamoros and M. A. Angeles Hernández. Gaztelu-Urrutia directed the short films 913 and The House On The Lake.

I’ve heard this is in a similar vein to Snowpiercer, although the dubbing in the movie is supposedly atrocious, but I’m sure Netflix will fix that.

We’ll drop more details when we get them.