According to Roman J. Israel, Esq. writer/director Dan Gilroy, Netflix is the place to be for creators to share their content with audiences. Even though the American entertainment company was founded in 1997, it wasn't until 2013 that the streaming network revolutionized the television and movie business with its first original series House of Cards, igniting the age of binge-watching and streaming services.
Since the network’s dive into original content, they’ve found massive success with series like Stranger Things, The Crown, 13 Reasons Why, GLOW, Ozark and, most recently, the crime drama Mindhunter. The network also streams a line-up of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Defenders and the upcoming The Punisher. It’s not only series the company has fond success with; they also have an impressive list of original movies that have garnered attention like To the Bone, Okja, Gerald’s Game and the upcoming urban fantasy film Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.
So it’s no surprise that directors like Gilroy are praising the streaming network as the “best place” for creators to share their content with a widespread and diverse audience. In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant at the Roman J. Israel, Esq. junket - his latest film starring Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo, which follows the title character as he moves to manage a large law firm after his boss has a heart attack - Gilroy shared his thoughts on Netflix and the future of visual media. Here is what he said:
Screen Rant: With the way we consume media even consume entertainment is changing drastically. Where do you feel that's going and do you get more freedom with a company like Netflix to create more?
Dan Gilroy: Right now, Netflix is offering the best deals. They're offering the most money for the same thing and in terms of where we're going. I agree with you. I think there's a profound lasting change going on. I think in the next five years the number of screens in the United States is going to drastically decrease. I think there's always going to be a theatrical experience for certain films but it's not going to be nearly as widespread now, and I think you're going to see content being absorbed... I feel like doing it on a Friday night you know, what's new on Netflix, or whoever and instead of five hundred people, you're going to watch it with five your friends and that's a theatrical experience. It is. I mean that's you watching a sixty-inch T.V. or forty inch T.V. or whatever is, and you're with friends and you can talk about it afterward, and you go to work everyone watching on Netflix and I think that's what it's going to become.
Screen Rant: I agree with you one hundred percent.
Dan Gilroy: I don't think it's a bad thing, but content is content. People want to be informed. They want to be entertained and I don't have a problem, you know, I just think I think that the theatrical experience has gotten very expensive and very specific to spectacle, but I think like places like Landmark and theater chains like that, where you'll go and watch a David Russell movie or whatever. Let's go out, it'll be fun. They'll become like records. That we like a retro thing about it.
Gilroy hits the nail on the head when it comes to the decrease in demand for the "theatrical experience" at movie theaters. Sure, mega-franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and DC titles will always draws fans to the theater, but smaller films aren't drawing movie goers to the theaters like they used to for a mutiple of reasons - cost being one of the biggest. Recently, viewers are looking for alternative ways to cut down the cost of going to the theater like Moviepass, which allows viewers to see an unlimited amount of movies for $10 a month. Even though theaters like AMC dislike the idea of Moviepass, their costumers are making their thoughts loud and clear becasue the October box office this year was the lowest in 10 years.
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