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Netflix and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners Joining Forces To Make New Feature Films

Michael King

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners and Netflix have teamed up on a partnership that will see several new feature films each year, the two announced in a statement on Monday.

“At Amblin, storytelling will forever be at the center of everything we do, and from the minute Ted (Sarandos) and I started discussing a partnership, it was abundantly clear that we had an amazing opportunity to tell new stories together and reach audiences in new ways,” Spielberg said in the statement. “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 fulfilling for me personally since we get to embark on it together with Ted, and I can’t wait to get started with him, Scott, and the entire Netflix team.”

Netflix had previously signaled that it was ready to jump into the big leagues when it comes to creating content of its own, spending $465 million to acquire the right to create at least two sequels to the comedic 2019 mystery film Knives Out, from Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.

“Steven is a creative visionary and leader and, like so many others around the world, my growing up was shaped by his memorable characters and stories that have been enduring, inspiring and awakening,” said Netflix CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We cannot wait to get to work with the Amblin team and we are honored and thrilled to be part of this chapter of Steven’s cinematic history.”

Netflix

Netflix is a subscription video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 3,000+ movies, 2,000+ TV Shows, and Netflix Originals like Stranger Things, Mindhunter, Queer Eye, and Russian Doll. They are constantly adding new shows and movies — and have even begun creating original films like The Irishman (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino) and Dolemite is My Name (Eddie Murphy).

Netflix offers three plans — on 1 device in SD with their “Basic” (£6) plan, on 2 devices in HD with their “Standard” (£9) plan, and 4 devices in up to 4K on their “Premium” (£12) plan.

Netflix spends more money on content than any other streaming service meaning that you get more value for the monthly fee.

Prior to this deal, the streaming giant has already made big-figure content creation deals with television producers Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, and Kenya Barris — masterminds behind such television blockbusters as Gray’s Anatomy, Pose, and black-ish. Rhimes has already produced one season of the hit series Bridgerton for Netflix, with the promise of more content on the way.

Amblin’s recent record of critical and box office hits include Oscar winners Green Book and 1917.

The two companies recently worked together on the Oscar-nominated The Trial of the Chicago 7, and are currently working together on the Leonard Bernstein film, Maestro, which is currently in pre-production.

Bridgerton

25 December 2020

Wealth, lust, and betrayal set in the backdrop of Regency era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.

1917

25 December 2019

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

25 September 2020

What was supposed to be a peaceful protest turned into a violent clash with the police. What followed was one of the most notorious trials in history.

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