Netflix is doing its best to court Christopher Nolan
Nolan’s relationship with Warner Bros. is strained, and Netflix wants to be the shoulder he cries on.
When parent company AT&T announced to Warner Bros. it needed to put movies on the HBO Max platform, they let down the wrath of filmmakers who were promised to bring their movies to theaters. As contracts were renegotiated and money exchanged, filmmakers wondered: If they continued to make films with Warner, would their features have any chance of making it to the big screen?
One of the most prominent directors with these concerns is Christopher Nolan. He has expressed displeasure with the new model. Could that affect his longstanding partnership with Warner Bros.?
That’s what Netflix’s Scott Stuber hopes. He’s actually trying to get the filmmaker to join the ranks of Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Aaron Sorkin, Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, Zack Snyder, Noah Baumbach, Alfonso Cuaron, and other filmmakers who have turned to Netflix, to make their films.
In a profile piece with diversity, Stuber said, “When and when he develops his new film, it’s about whether we can be a home for it and what we have to do to make it happen. He’s an amazing filmmaker. I will do whatever I can. In this business I learned that you don’t have to have an ego. I get beaten and knocked down and get up again. ”
Time will tell if Netflix can get their man, but it’s interesting to see that they’re not shy about snagging the biggest names possible. Of course, we know Nolan values the theatrical view, but Netflix made Scorsese The Irishman and made sure it played in theaters for a while before debuting on demand. Could they offer Nolan the same type of guaranteed deal?
A wild card here is that many studios have already gone through their own Netflix-like rebranding, with streaming services starting to showcase their titles and the television they make. If every studio puts things both online and in theaters, does that make a difference where someone does something more? Especially when it comes to relationships, budget, and sometimes the final cut?
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