Christopher Nolan Has a Few Not-So-Kind Words for Netflix
In a world that's growing increasingly averse to traditional means of releasing films, Multiplex and indie cinema bosses can rely on at least one Super Director not to jump ship to Netflix anytime soon: Christopher Nolan.
The kind of guy who releases films on 70mm, it's hardly surprising that Nolan isn't the biggest fan of the streamlined, small-screen distribution that's all the rage right now, especially when he feels it's affecting his beloved big screen.
Speaking to Indiewire in a recent interview, the Dunkirk director said: "I think the investment that Netflix is putting into interesting filmmakers and interesting projects would be more admirable if it weren't being used as some kind of bizarre leverage against shutting down theaters." Nolan continued, "it's so pointless. I don't really get it."
He continued, saying: "They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released. So they're not even getting in the [theatrical] game, and I think they're missing a huge opportunity."
He then compared the model to that of Amazon Studios, who have seen recent theatrical success with The Big Sick: "You can see that Amazon is very clearly happy to not make that same mistake, the theaters have a 90-day window. It's a perfectly usable model. It's terrific."
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