Netflix has secured the exclusive streaming rights to all new Sony Pictures Entertainment films, starting with theatrical releases in the United States in 2022.
The deal, which builds on an existing contract with Sony Pictures Animation, now includes all SPE film labels and genres. (Yes, that means future installations of the Spider-Man, Jumanji, and Bad Boys franchises.)
US Netflix users can look forward to major movies like Morbius, Unexplored, Where the crayfish sing, and High-speed train next year, followed by the continuation of 2018 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and “several other” films featuring Marvel characters.
“Sony Pictures is a great partner and we are delighted to extend our relationship with this forward-thinking agreement,” said Scott Stuber, head of global films at Netflix, in a statement. “This not only allows us to bring their impressive roster of beloved movie franchises and new [intellectual property] to Netflix in the United States, but it is also establishing a new source of first-run movies for Netflix moviegoers around the world. “
This week’s deal, a change from SPE’s longtime main pay-TV partner Starz, is expected to last five years, Variety reports. The films will be available to stream in the United States once they have completed their theatrical shooting and will be available for in-home viewing as well as online rental.
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“At Sony Pictures, we produce some of the biggest blockbusters and the most creative and original films in the industry,” said Keith LeGoy, president of global distribution and networks. “This exciting deal once again demonstrates the importance of this content to our distribution partners as they grow their audiences and deliver the best in entertainment.”
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