Christopher Nolan Refuses Collaboration With Netflix Due to Their “Bizarre” Policy

It is no secret that one of the biggest sources of impact on the entertainment industry in the past decade has been Netflix. The movie rental service that grew with the implementation of digital entertainment streaming caused the company to create original content rivaling, or perhaps even surpassing, the traditional television and film industries. Their independent platform has allowed for them to fund unique and innovative projects that might not get a chance anywhere else. In the film industry, Christopher Nolan is well known as of the most unique and innovative auteur filmmakers. However, it appears that Nolan will not consider making a film for Netflix and here’s why:

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. It’s so pointless. I don’t really get it.”

Indiewire has conducted a new interview with Christopher Nolan upon the release of his newest film Dunkirk and in it Nolan mentions why he has no intentions of creating a Netflix original film. Largely, it comes down to Netflix’s refusal to theatrically release its original films. Netflix recently premiered its new original films Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories at the Cannes Film Festival this year, but did not screen the films in any public movie theaters. This is partly so audiences would have to watch these films on their own streaming service. Nolan knows that if more distributors held to this exclusivity, the theater industry would suffer and cease to exist.

Nolan does point out that Amazon’s original films do actually see a theatrical release and praises them, saying: “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.” While it seems like Netflix and Nolan have become the unstoppable force that meets an immovable object, there does seem to be hope for Nolan to release content through streaming elsewhere. Are you guys sad to hear that Christopher Nolan will not make a film for Netflix. Do you agree with him? Let us know in the comments below!

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A royally radical and totally tubular 90s kid, Cory has a passion for all things nerdy, particularly gaming and nostalgia. While an accountant by day, he strives to be as creative and humorous as possible in his free time, be it here writing on Don't Feed the Gamers, or making dumb satirical posts on his Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and Instagram accounts.


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