Christopher Nolan Says He'll Never Make a Movie for Netflix

Posted 2017/07/23 2129 0

Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Nolan has slammed Netflix for not releasing its movies in cinemas.


While the streaming service has garnered serious attention for producing original movies like Beasts of No Nation, Okja, and War Machine, the auteur behind the Dark Knight trilogy and acclaimed films like Interstellar and Inception believes that Netflix is directly opposed to the theatrical experience he cherishes. On Wednesday night, Nolan took a shot at Netflix during a screening of Dunkirk, saying he “rarely” uses the streaming service, instead preferring to watch things at home on Blu-ray, according to Deadline. The comment came just hours after IndieWire published an interview with the director in which he more directly insulted the streaming platform because of its preference for same-day streaming over theatrical distribution.

“Netflix has a bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films,” Nolan told IndieWire. “They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, which is obviously an untenable model for theatrical presentation. So they’re not even getting in the game, and I think they’re missing a huge opportunity.”

He pointed out that Amazon, which releases its movies in theaters before making them available on its platform, shouldn’t be lumped with Netflix for contributing this issue. “You can see that Amazon is very clearly happy to not make that same mistake,” he said. “The theaters have a 90-day window. It’s a perfectly usable model. It’s terrific.”

Director Bong Joon-ho, whose latest movie Okja was boycotted by South Korean movie chains because of its Netflix release, has said in several interviews that the release strategy doesn’t bother him because a partnership with Netflix also comes with complete creative freedom and a generous budget: “The best way to watch a film is in the theater. But for directors who make weird films like mine, the digital studio platforms are a great creative opportunity. I do believe that the two [modes] can coexist.”

Nolan brushed this argument off, saying, “I think the investment that Netflix is putting into interesting filmmakers and interesting projects would be more admirable if it weren’t being used as some kind of bizarre leverage against shutting down theaters. It’s so pointless. I don’t really get it.”

Meanwhile, Dunkirk has opened to rave reviews from critics and fans alike.