According to the Los Angeles Times, Netflix has considered purchasing Movie Theaters in order to get their original films on the Big Screen. The current race to find a hit among new Original shows on Streaming Devices has led to an 8 Billion dollar commitment by Netflix for 2018.
This commitment and current success with Originals has fallen on deaf ears amongst the mighty in Hollywood. Just last month, Steven Spielberg was quoted as saying,
“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie,”
he told ITV News. “You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”
Even further, at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, the audience gave “boos” when the Netflix logo appeared during the premiere of Netflix’s “Okja.”
Based on a interview with Variety, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux said that Netflix and Amazon do represent “something important” and that “we will eventually come up with a good argument. Because in order for a film to become part of history, it must go through theaters, box office, the critics, the passion of cinephiles, awards campaigns, books, directories, filmographies. All this is part of a tradition on which the history of film is based.”
Gotta love Netflix’s response though…LET’S JUST BUY THE DANG THEATERS!