Steven Spielberg’s producer Amblin has signed a contract with Netflix to make “several new movies a year” for the streaming service.
However, this “turn face” by Spielberg is not unsurprising, given some of the statements in the past about movie streaming.
The deal includes at least two movies a year, according to Variety. However, it is not yet clear that Spielberg will end up directing films for Netflix. Amblin also has an agreement with Universal. It will produce movies for both distributors, so Netflix won’t have rights to every movie in which it had Spielberg’s helping hand.
“At Amblin, storytelling will forever be at the heart of everything we do, and from the minute Ted [Sarandos, co-CEO e diretor de conteúdo da Netflix] and as I started to discuss a partnership, it was clear that we had an incredible opportunity to tell new stories together and reach out to audiences in new ways,” Spielberg said in a press release.
“This new avenue for our films, along with the stories we continue to tell our longtime family at Universal and our other partners, will be incredibly rewarding for me personally as we embark on it together with Ted, and I can’t wait to get started with him Scott [Stuber, chefe de filme global da Netflix] and the entire Netflix team.”
Amblin has worked with Netflix in the past. He produced The Trial of the Chicago 7, which garnered six Academy Award nominations this year. They are also cooperating on Maestro, a biopic about composer Leonard Bernstein that Bradley Cooper is directing and starring.
Spielberg even objected to the Oscar nomination for film streaming. “Once you commit to a television format, you become a TV movie,” he had said in a 2018 interview. The following year, reports pointed out that Spielberg had engendered lobbying to block the nomination for film streaming for Oscar nomination, but this turned out to be false.
Regardless of whatever Spielberg’s complaints about movie streaming in the past, signing a deal between him and Amblin is a huge achievement for Netflix. The change reinforces the stability of Netflix’s high-profile creators. The company is releasing at least one movie a week this year and will certainly look to keep that pace.
With competition for streaming subscribers intensifying, having a legendary filmmaker like Spielberg on the team is an asset up its sleeve for Netflix in its battle against companies like Disney +, Paramount + and Peacock (which shares the parent company with Universal) .