Filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass have signed a worldwide rights deal with Netflix that will see the brothers’ next four movies stream exclusively on the streaming service. They already have the first film lined up, which will be a comedic drama starring Ray Romano and Mark Duplass, which will be released later this year.
“Turns out when you make films for Netflix, millions of people all over the world watch them. This is not a terrible thing for an independent filmmaker,” the Duplass brothers said in a statement. “As Netflix continues to grow and develop new ways to reach viewers, we couldn’t be more thrilled to grow our partnership.”
The deal comes after the parties signed an exclusive worldwide SVOD rights deal back in 2015 that included the films Creep 2, Blue Jay, Take Me, and the upcoming Outside In and Duck Butter. Netflix’s Red Envelope Entertainment co-distributed the Duplass’ first feature, The Puffy Chair, in 2005 as its first feature film acquisition.
In an effort to ramp up original programming, Netflix has made similar exclusive deals in film with Adam Sandler, in comedy with Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, as well as TV with Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.
The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners on behalf of the Duplass Brothers.
This was first reported by Variety.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern