It’s fair to say that Christopher Nolan isn’t the biggest fan of Netflix’s original movies.
Ahead of his new movie Dunkirk hitting cinemas, Nolan has revealed to IndieWire that he would NEVER do a Netflix movie, mainly because of how people would watch the movie.
“Well, why would you? If you make a theatrical film, it’s to be played in theatres,” he explained, adding that this isn’t a new thing for a filmmaker.
“I grew up in the ’80s, the birth of home video. Your worst nightmare in the ’90s as a filmmaker was that the studio would turn around and go, ‘You know what? We’re going to put it on video instead of theatres’. They did that all the time. There’s nothing new in that,” he reflected.
Nolan did admit that the investment in “interesting filmmakers” from Netflix is admirable, it’s just that their decision for their movies to be released simultaneously on Netflix and in cinemas is hurting cinemas.
“Netflix has a bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films. They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, which is obviously an untenable model for theatrical presentation,” he outlined.
“So they’re not even getting in the game, and I think they’re missing a huge opportunity.”
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Instead, Nolan would much rather Netflix were like Amazon with their movies where they get a 90-day window for a cinema release, saying: “It’s a perfectly usable model. It’s terrific.”
So, you know, make sure you catch Dunkirk in cinemas and not wait for it to hit Netflix, and not just because it’s the best movie of the year so far.
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