Steven Spielberg Hates Netflix

For the last few years Netflix indie films have been strong contenders at the Academy Awards.  Alfonso Cuarón‘s Roma cleaned up at the Oscars this year winning Best Foreign Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and was nominated for Best Picture. In previous years there were many nominations in many Oscar categories for Netflix’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mudbound, and 13th. However, if Steven Spielberg has his way there will be no more Netflix movies allowed to contend for Academy Award positions.

According to a report put out by IndieWire Spielberg will be putting forth a motion this week at the annual post-Oscar meeting that would keep Netflix films from qualifying for an Academy Award.

“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” an Amblin spokesperson told IndieWire. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.”

While the legendary filmmaker is a three-time Oscar winner, he is holding on to a viewpoint that is very much of the past.

His efforts have sparked concern among many in the industry, including Ava DuVernay, who earned an Oscar nomination for the 2017 directing category for Netflix’s prison reform documentary 13th.

She expressed her concerns in a tweeted on Friday urging the Board of Governors to read statements from directors like her on the matter.

Netflix spent heavily on its awards season campaigns this year for Roma, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and the short End Game. Spielberg and others who fall on his side of the argument claim that Netflix’s ability to spend what they do in campaigning for their nominations is unfair to films not tied to a streaming service.

This is not the end of this debate. It may be a hot-button topic for many years to come. However, if Spielberg has his way there will not be any more Netflix films allowed to compete – like Roma.

What do you think of this? Should Netflix films be allowed to compete for Oscars? Or do you agree with Steven Spielberg? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

Director Ridley Scott Is Working On ‘Gladiator 2’

In a world where Hollywood seems eager to mine every successful property for reboots, spinoffs, and sequels, we shouldn’t be surprised that this happened.  According to a report by Deadline director Ridley Scott has begun the process in developing a sequel to academy award winning, and beloved 2000 film, Gladiator.

According to the report Scott will continue the story in Gladiator 2 with Lucius, the son of Lucilla, who was the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix).  In the 2000 film, Lucius and his mother Lucilla are saved by Maximus (Russell Crowe) and in doing so this act left a very strong impression on Lucius.

Now, while many would be quick to think this sounds terrible, don’t do it.  This story is better than what Scott was rumored to be doing with the property a few years ago when he was planning on resurrecting Maximus (spoiler alert for the 18 year old movie, he dies), and continuing the story with the original gladiator, Russell Crowe once again in the leading role.

So, yea, could be worse.  However, is it needed?  We will have to find the answer to that for ourselves once the movie hits theaters.  At this time there is no expected release date.

What do you think of a Gladiator 2? Will you go out and see it, or no matter what going to avoid it?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.