One of the most exciting things about the movie business at the moment is undoubtedly Netflix. I love nothing more than firing up the service each week to see what has been added and what I can discover in terms of new movies – good or bad – all for a relatively low payment each month. Well, in a new article posted in The New York Times, it seems that the line-up for new movies on the platform is looking very strong, with a reported 90 new features on the calendar for release for 2019 alone. Read more about those Netflix 2019 movies and documentary features below.
Netflix 2019 movies – Around 90 features reportedly planned for next year
Netflix has been in the spotlight over the past year for various reasons, the most high-profile during the build-up to this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The online platform was very absent at the world’s most famous film festival back in May. Last year we were treated to the likes of Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories, but after a rule change this year over competing titles at the festival receiving theatrical distribution in France, the streamer pulled out completely. They did, of course, have a huge presence at the later Venice and Toronto festivals where the likes of Roma, 22 July and Outlaw King were premiered.
The New York Times article [via /Film] is an interesting read. It is a profile on Scott Stuber, Netflix’s movie head, whose operation plans to release three times the amount of original movies to the average debuted by a traditional studio.
Mr. Stuber’s operation is set up to supply 55 original films a year, including some with budgets as high as $200 million. Add in documentaries and animated movies, handled by other divisions, and the number of annual Netflix film releases climbs to about 90. To compare, Universal, one of Hollywood’s most prolific traditional studios, releases roughly 30 movies a year.
That’s impressive. As the article says, their slate includes new movies from the A-list of Hollywood’s filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Dee Rees, Guillermo del Toro, Noah Baumbach and Michael Bay.
Apart from discovering new movies, and the occasional binge on a TV series, what I particularly love about the service is the sheer existence of some of the original films on offer. In a non-Netflix world, wonderful, original films like Roma or Okja may not exist, certainly not with the huge budgets that they were allocated by the daring streamer. Granted, those two films ironically deserve to be seen on the big screen, but with Netflix adjusting to offer cinema goers the option of viewing their content in an auditorium with a paying audience, it is re-inventing the business but still giving fans a choice.
Check out the original article at the NYT above.