The company Amblin Partners, headed by Steven Spielberg and the streaming service Netflix has signed a partnership agreement, Variety reports.
The Spielberg organization will now release at least two new feature films annually for the platform for an indefinite number of years. It is possible that the creator of “Jaws” and the drama “Schindler’s List” may even manage some projects, and Netflix will provide funding for them.
“Stephen is a creative visionary and a leader. And like many other people around the world, I grew up with the characters and stories he created,” Netflix co-founder and businessman Ted Sarandos commented on the future collaboration. — We can’t wait to get started with the Amblin team. It’s an honor and a joy to be part of this chapter of Stephen’s cinematic world.”
Variety notes that this deal is also surprising because it indicates a major change taking place in Hollywood. This is partly because the great director was previously skeptical of platforms like Netflix.
For example, in 2019, he allegedly called on members of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to ban streaming services from competing for the Academy Awards. However, sources close to the director tried to dispute these words, saying that Steven Spielberg did not want this.
Amblin Partners and Netflix have previously collaborated. Spielberg’s company produced the drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Initially, the tape was created at Paramount studios, and then during the coronavirus pandemic, it was sold to the platform. As a result, the film received six nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, including in the category “Best Film.”
Now Amblin Partners and Netflix are working on a biopic “Maestro” about composer Leonard Bernstein (Bradley Cooper).