The Netflix deal will coexist with the one Spielberg and Amblin have at Universal Pictures. Neither will have first drawn on the properties of Amblin; Spielberg will make films for Universal and others for Netflix. Amblin is expected to generate multiple movies per year for Netflix, which has a voracious appetite for content and releases one new movie per week. Amblin’s universal deal was extended last December, when comments reflected the possibility of a streaming deal in sight.
Steven Spielberg Amblin Pic based on childhood adds Australian actor Sam Rechner
The two companies have been working together on an informal basis for some time. Netflix released product Amblin directed by Aaron Sorkin The Chicago 7 trial, a film that won six Oscar nominations. Netflix has stepped up its acquisition to fund and distribute Maestro, the film Bradley Cooper directs and stars in the iconic film by composer Leonard Bernstein. This film is in pre-production.
Amblin Partners President Spielberg said in a statement, “At Amblin, storytelling will always be at the center of everything we do, and from the moment Ted and I started discussing a partnership, he was very clear that we had an amazing opportunity to tell stories together and reach audiences in new ways. This new avenue for our films, alongside the stories we continue to tell with our longtime family at Universal and our other partners, will be incredibly rewarding for me personally as we are going to be launching with Ted, and I can’t wait to get started. with him, Scott and the whole Netflix team.
Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer called Spielberg a “visionary and creative leader, and like so many around the world, my childhood was shaped by his memorable characters and stories that were enduring, inspiring and awakening. . We look forward to working with the Amblin team and are honored and thrilled to be a part of this chapter in Steven’s cinematic history.
Jeff Small, CEO of Amblin Partners: “As we deepen our relationship with Netflix through this new film partnership, we build on what has been an incredibly successful working relationship for both television and film for many years. The global platform they’ve built – with over 200 million members – speaks for itself, and we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work closely with Scott and his amazing team to deliver. Amblin’s iconic storytelling brand to Netflix audiences. “
Netflix’s global film director Scott Stuber said, “Amblin and Steven Spielberg are all about amazing entertainment. Their passion and artistry combine to make films that captivate and challenge audiences. We look forward to working with Steven, Jeff and the entire Amblin family on a new roster of films that will delight generations to come. “
CAA advised Amblin Partners on the transaction.
Amblin’s universal release includes Oscar winner for Best Picture Green book, and directed by Sam Mendes 1917 which won three Oscars. Upcoming is the film directed by Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World : Dominion, which filmed during the pandemic and will bow on June 10, 2022. Amblin is also the producer of Stillwater, the Focus Features film directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Matt Damon. This film will premiere at Cannes next month.
Spielberg will direct and also wrote with his often collaborator Tony Kushner a film produced by Amblin based on the childhood of the master filmmaker who grew up in Arizona, starring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Gabriel LaBelle, Seth Rogen and Julia Butters. One would assume that there could be some maneuvering between Universal and Netflix over a movie like this, but this one will go through a theatrical release at Universal.
One area the director won’t revisit is Jaws. Deadline recently learned that Universal had brought up the subject to reboot the Spielberg classic, with Spielberg producing, and the answer was a firm no. Some at Universal and Amblin said this was already known and was not a recent conversation. Anyway, while Jaws the sequels were a far cry from Spielberg’s original, some films should just be left alone and enjoyed in their original form. Spielberg directed several, including HE and Schindler’s list.