Back to IndieWire

Netflix Acquires Sundance Hit Documentary ‘Sky Ladder’

Netflix Acquires Sundance Hit Documentary 'Sky Ladder'

There is simply no stopping Netflix, and even saying that feels rather redundant at this point. The company is in the midst of final negotiations to acquire the worldwide streaming rights to “Sky Ladder,” a documentary that made a splash at Sundance earlier this year.
“Sky Ladder” is about the much-celebrated artist Cai Guo-Qiang and was directed by Kevin Macdonald, whose credits include “The Last King of Scotland” and “Life In A Day.” The film chronicles the life and history of the artist, all while portraying his unique artistic methods with gunpowder and explosives. The so-called “sky ladder” was undoubtedly his most ambitious work to date, as he set off a fireworks display that took the shape of a 500-meter ladder of fire that pointed straight to the night sky.

READ MORE: Netflix Continues to Conquer Pre-Sundance With ‘Fundamentals of Caring’ Deal

The film premiered in the world documentary category earlier this year at Sundance, and was very well-received by critics and audiences alike. Netflix hopes to bring a variety of projects that would appeal to an international audience, especially following its intense expansion in January. Netflix is now available in 190 countries, and is seemingly prime real estate for independent projects that hope to reach larger audiences.
However, “Sky Ladder” isn’t the only film Netflix acquired at Sundance. They also bought all streaming rights to a number of features, like the Iranian horror hit “Under the Shadow,” “Tallulah” led by Ellen Page, “The Fundamentals of Caring” starring Paul Rudd, “Other People” with Molly Shannon and “Brahman Naman,” an Iranian sex comedy. As for documentaries, they also acquired global streaming rights to “Audrie and Daisy” and “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.”

No official release date has yet been announced for “Sky Ladder.”

This Article is related to: News and tagged , ,