In a move that shocked many, Steven Spielberg and Amblin Partners are teaming up with Netflix in a multi-year partnership that will see multiple films produced. This comes a few years after the director reportedly urged the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to bar day-and-date streaming releases from being Oscar-eligible. Sources close to the director deined the claims.
The deal exists alongside Spielberg and Amblin’s partnership with Universal. He will make some films especially for Netflix, others for Universal.
Netflix has worked with Spielberg previously, most notably on the Aaron Sorkin-directed, Amblin produced The Trial of the Chicago 7, a film that garnered six Oscar nominations. Netflix has also acquired the Amblin produced Maestro, which Bradley Cooper is directing and starring in on the iconic composer Leonard Bernstein.