Netflix Picks Up Idris Elba-Caleb McLaughlin Drama 'Concrete Cowboy' (Exclusive)

Concrete Cowboy

The movie premiered at this year's TIFF.

Netflix has picked up worldwide rights to Concrete Cowboy, the Idris Elba-Caleb McLaughlin drama that generated acclaim when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

While no release date has been set, the streamer is penciling in a debut in 2021.

Endeavor Content made the deal on behalf of the film and filmmakers. No figures were available.

Adapting the novel Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri and directed by Ricky Staub, the movie centers on a troubled teen (McLaughlin of Stranger Things) who, while spending a summer in North Philadelphia, is torn  between a life of crime and his estranged father’s vibrant urban-cowboy subculture. Staub wrote the script with Dan Walser.  Jharrel Jerome also appears in the film.

The Hollywood Reporter called the film a “moving, well-acted drama about a fractured family coming together in unexpected ways.”

Lee Daniels, Tucker Tooley, Jeff G. Waxman, Jennifer Madeloff produced the movie along with Elba and Walser. Tucker Tooley Entertainment financed the drama.

Greg Renker, Jason Barhydt, Gregoire Gensollen, Lorraine Burgess, Greg Neri, Sam Mercer, Tegan Jones, Staci Hagenbaugh, Alistair Burlingham and Gary Raskin executive produced.