Well, this report from Deadline is interesting and completely unexpected. According to the report, one of the reasons Netflix has been so quiet at Sundance this year is because they’re working on a complicated deal with Paramount.
They are working to acquire nearly all rights to God Particle (the Cloverfield sequel) from Paramount. It’s a very surprising report, especially when you consider the fact that Paramount was scheduled to release the film in just a few months. It had a release date of April 20, but if this deal happens, Netflix will release it even sooner.
“Paramount had the film dated for April 20, but I’ve heard that Netflix might debut it on the streaming service more quickly than that. It would be the second recent deal between Paramount and Netflix. The pic revolves around a scientific experiment aboard a space station involving a particle accelerator that has unexpected results involving alien life. The astronauts find themselves isolated, and following their horrible discovery, the space station crew must fight for survival.”
At this point, this report should be considered a “strong rumor,” so don’t get too excited or discouraged yet. It does make you wonder, though…how does Paramount benefit from this deal? Are they worried this movie won’t perform well at the box office? Possibly. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad film, it simply means it might perform better on Netflix. They can take more risks than the major studios.
We will keep you posted.[mashshare]