Word came out last week that Netflix has paid several hundreds of millions of dollars for the rights to the two planned sequels to KNIVES OUT. And that just plain sucks, no matter which way you look at it. Shame on the studios for selling out, and shame even more on Netflix—although we must recognize that Netflix is just doing what it does. It is following its nature. It is a predator and it must feed. Just like a rabid dog is only following its nature.
Those movies belong in theaters. Even if we don’t take into account the millions of Americans who can’t livestream (me among them), they are robbing people of the theatrical experience. There are a whole lot of people who would prefer to see “big” movies first in theaters. And thanks to Netflix and its like, they won’t get that option. I’m steamed enough just over the next two KNIVES OUT movies, but even moreso over the precedent that Netflix is setting. How many movies that rightfully should debut in theaters will now be scooped up by Netflix? You may not care about the KNIVES OUT movies, but what will your reaction be when those new Universal Monsters movies start losing their theatrical runs, or any other big Horror flicks best suited to viewing on the big screen?
I say this from the bottom of my heart: F*CK YOU, NETFLIX.