Netflix has created its entire empire on the concept of being a ‘streaming only’ company but looks like it will change now. There’s strong buzz that the streaming giant is planning for a limited release of two of it’s films, ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ and ‘Okja’, which are also competing at the Cannes this year.
‘Okja’ is a sci-fi drama that stars Tilda Swinton and Jake Gylenhaal. ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ is an indie that stars Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler. If all goes well, these films will compete for the Palme d’Or, the top cinematic award at the prestigious awards ceremony.
The reason behind this decision is not all hunky-dory, actually. After the films were selected for the Cannes, a group representing French cinemas complained about the films’ inclusion in the Cannes list, and questioned nature of the film as a cinematographic work. There’s also the issue of Netflix not paying taxes to theater owners and the Big N skirting the rule that allows movies to stream only after 36 months of release. As a turnaround, Netflix may go for a limited release for these two films, after all, who doesn’t want one of those Cannes trophies in their trophy case?
This is definitely up-end in the non-existent relationship between Netflix and the theater chains. Earlier, Netflix, in a statement had said that it is okay with their films releasing in theaters but only if they stream on their service on the same day – because, according to Netflix, it is the users who are paying for their content already.