Amblin Partners, the film and television studio co-founded by director Steven Spielberg, has entered into a partnership with Netflix to develop multiple new feature films per year for the world’s biggest streamer. The two companies previously worked together on Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 and are currently collaborating on Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic, Maestro, which is in pre-production. It wasn’t too long ago that Spielberg had criticized streamers for harming the motion picture theatrical experience, going so far as to suggest that Netflix films shouldn’t qualify for Academy Awards.
“At Amblin, storytelling will forever be at the center of everything we do, and from the minute Ted and I started discussing a partnership, it was abundantly clear that we had an amazing opportunity to tell new stories together and reach audiences in new ways. This new avenue for our films, alongside the stories we continue to tell with our longtime family at Universal and our other partners, will be incredibly fulfilling for me personally since we get to embark on it together with Ted, and I can’t wait to get started with him, Scott, and the entire Netflix team.” – Steven Spielberg