While Netflix has seen a great deal of success with its original television series () and documentaries, its fictional movie efforts have so far failed to reach the same heights, from Adam Sandler’s 18/100 rated monstrosity (opens in new tab) The Ridiculous 6, to the sequel nobody either needed, nor asked for, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.
Stiff Amazonian competition
Amazon’s movie efforts have met with more success, including such films as Manchester by the Sea, which was nominated for the best picture Oscar, and earned leading man Casey Affleck the best actor gong.
Amazon has also followed a more traditional release format, by allowing its films to see theatrical releases before making their way to the streaming service.
Of course, one producer isn’t going to change Netflix’s fortunes in this area, but it’s an interesting sign that it’s taking film seriously. The streaming giant has also acquired the rights to an unfinished Orson Welles movie (opens in new tab) that's been stuck in production limbo since the 70s.
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