Streaming giant Netflix seems to be enamored by the term Science fiction. After presenting some futuristic stories through Altered Carbon and Mute, it has recently secured the rights of a movie on Mathew Baker story Life Sentence.
The story is about a future where authorities wipe the memories of criminals instead of sending them to prison. Director Matt Reeves – who directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes – is producing the title. Matt’s previous association with digital entertainment includes selling the short stories Transition to Amazon and producer Noah Hawley.
The war to secure the rights of Life Sentence was a fierce one. Matt got offers from the big players like Fox, Universal and Warner as well as Amazon and newcomer Apple. Reportedly, Apple had plans to make it into a series, but Matt went with the movie plans of Netflix.
What is noteworthy from this development is the fact that streaming services – irrespective of their reach and stature – are interested in presenting science fiction to its audiences. Netflix itself has a string of popular sci-fi stories which includes the likes of Sense8, Bright and many more.
Let’s just wait and watch what other streaming services are gearing up for.