Streaming giant Netflix continues to expand, and not just with its many award-winning original TV series. The company has reportedly been looking into increasing the production of their own original content. This means more original series, but it also means more focus on improving their feature-length offerings. Movies are an area where Netflix hasn't been performing as well as they could be, with plenty of films having been released, but none that have reached the level of critical acclaim or fan excitement seen with the company's television series.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Netflix was looking to hire a producer to head up their film division and bring it up to scratch -- and now we can confirm that the company has found the man for the job.
Today, THR confirmed that Scott Stuber has been hired as the new head of Netflix's film division, and will be 'leading future development, production and acquisition' for Netflix's feature-length content. Stuber spoke about his new role in the company, saying:
"Netflix is at the forefront in changing the way entertainment is enjoyed throughout the world, bringing a greater variety of stories to more people than ever before. It’s an incredible opportunity to work with a company with such reach and that stands for such diverse quality content for global audiences."
Stuber is known for his work on Patriot's Day, Ted, A Million Ways To Die In The West, Love And Other Drugs, and many more. He is described by Netflix head Ted Sarandos as "well known and respected in the film industry. His innovative work and strong talent relationships should help accelerate the Netflix original film initiative," and was previously being courted by Paramount to head up their film division.
This is big news for Netflix's film division, as it points toward an emphasis on even more original content coming soon. The streaming site has already got several big titles in the works, including the live-action anime adaptation Death Note, Martin Scorsese's highly anticipated gangster movie The Irishman, and Will Smith's latest project, Bright. Orson Welles's final film will also be released on Netflix. The addition of Stuber to the team promises even more exciting new creations and acquisitions for the company.
However, some may be concerned that Netflix's move toward even more original content could impact its future as a streaming service for content created elsewhere. Should Netflix become it's own 'network' of sorts, we may be left looking for somewhere else to watch all of our other favorite shows. This is unlikely to be an issue any time soon, of course, but it is worth keeping an eye on as the site continues to grow and shift focus.