Nolan Slams Netflix Over 'Mindless Policy' on Theatrical Releases

Nolan Slams Netflix Over 'Mindless Policy' on Theatrical Releases

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has criticized Netflix for its digital distribution model that eschews movie theaters.

While on the promotional circuit for his latest movie, the war epic Dunkirk, Nolan told Indiewire that “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. So they’re not even getting in the game, and I think they’re missing a huge opportunity.”

Dunkirk is optimized for theaters in 70mm, and it’s not the first time Nolan has spoken about the “watering down” of the theatrical experience. He does, however, support Amazon’s current model, which gives movies a theatrical release window before they land on the streaming service.

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Nolan Slams Netflix Over 'Mindless Policy' on Theatrical Releases