Christopher Nolan isn’t a fan of Netflix. Especially when it comes to the streaming giant’s attitude to making movies. He hates the fact Netflix insists on streaming its movies at the same time as releasing them in theaters. A practice he thinks is doing irreparable harm to movie theaters.
Nolan is the destined-to-be-legendary film director who brought us Inception, The Dark Knight, and Interstellar. All three of which are absolute classics. However, Nolan wouldn’t have made any of those movies for Netflix, simply because he vehemently disagrees with the company’s distribution model.
Christopher Nolan Loves Film But Hates Netflix
Netflix has been pumping out some stellar original content over the last few years, including House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Master of None, and the excellent Stranger Things. It’s now making movies too, some of which don’t star Adam Sandler, thankfully. However, Nolan isn’t happy about Netflix’s approach to making movies.
According to IndieWire, Nolan said in an interview, “Netflix has a bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films. They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, which is obviously an untenable model for theatrical presentation.”
When asked about Netflix funding projects that studios are unlikely to ever get behind, Nolan said, “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.”
Nolan was also asked whether he would ever consider making a movie the studios had no interest in. A film like Bong Joon Ho’s Okja, for example, which is currently streaming on Netflix. To which he replied, “No. Well, why would you? If you make a theatrical film, it’s to be played in theaters.”
Nolan clearly doesn’t have any love for Netflix, but he does have some respect for Amazon, which is happy to give theaters first dibs on its movies. He said, “You can see that Amazon is very clearly happy to not make that same mistake. The theaters have a 90-day window. It’s a perfectly usable model. It’s terrific.”
Cinema Isn’t Dying, It’s Evolving
Chris Nolan is entitled to his opinions, and his passion for delivering the best cinematic experience he can possibly muster is admirable. However, he’s missing the point of Netflix here, which is to use the money given to it by subscribers to make films it thinks its subscribers will want to watch. And, for better or worse, movie theaters do not factor into that formula.
Are you a Netflix subscriber? Do you enjoy a lot of Netflix Originals? Or would you prefer the company sticks to buying content in? Do you understand where Nolan is coming from? Do you think Netflix will ultimately kill movie theaters? The comments are open below…