Why is Christopher Nolan refusing to work with Netflix?

The rejection you feel Christopher Nolan towards the platforms streaming seems to be for obvious reasons, even before Warner’s hybrid model pushed him to call HBO Max “The worst service in streaming. The commitment of the director of Tenet With the traditional cinematographic experience it was what motivated him to release his last film in summer of last year despite the reluctance of the studio, obtaining a disappointing box office but giving a break to the much mistreated sector of the exhibition. And yet Nolan has already starred in conversations with Netflix in the past, exposing reluctance that goes beyond the romantic drive.

We must not forget, after all, that the arms of Netflix can occasionally be extended to the big screen, especially if they deal with ‘Oscar-winning’ films. Productions like Story of a marriage O the Irish They have been available in movie theaters for four weeks, and with such a model one might imagine a somewhat more compliant Nolan. So there are other drawbacks: drawbacks that you have clarified Scott Stuber (responsible for the film production of Netflix) during an interview with The Wall Street Journal. According to the executive, what worries Nolan most about the Netflix system is the lack of “Global distribution” from which the company still lacks.

“There are aspects of global distribution in cinemas that remain attractive,” Stuber account. “Chris Nolan and I have talked a lot… and that is still something he deeply desires. If we can’t provide it, it’s a big problem for him. “ Does Stuber refer to countries where Netflix is ​​not available? Not exactly, since the presence of the service is basically global; The problem lies in the exhibition models that vary according to the country, and that would hinder a global distribution as Nolan has always wanted it.

Reasons to distrust

Take France for example. In this country the margin between a work reaching theaters and then joining the offer streaming It must be by law 36 months: something that collides head-on with Netflix’s policy. The platform cannot afford to wait 3 years to have an original production in its catalog, and this, among other things, is what has caused its disagreements with the Cannes Film Festival. Beyond France, not even in the US a film could have a total distribution, since there are chains like AMC that do not screen films of the company.

These shortcomings have kept Nolan away from Netflix until now, but they haven’t stopped the studio from experiencing tremendous growth in recent years. Above all, in relation to prestigious filmmakers who collaborate with the company: Martin Scorsese, Noah Baumbach, Alfonso Cuarón, Michael Bay, David Fincher, Spike Lee, Paul Greengrass, Aaron Sorkin, Charlie Kaufman… A growing cache that has led to 2021 being the second year in a row where Netflix is ​​the studio with the most Oscar nominations (to be resolved this April 25th). The platform has a total of 36 nominations, with The Chicago 7 trial Y Mank as candidates for Best Film.

“It is very important because you are telling the artistic community that we can make everything you dream of come true”, Stuber explains about these achievements. “We all want to be recognized by our peers as the best in the class. When I started, we had never been nominated. It is a great achievement and it is very beneficial for the business, not only to recruit artists but also for our client to know that we are looking for the best ”.


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