Mr. Reindeer wrote:And it would get onto disc eventually; at least it would exist.
That's no guarantee. It seems they only release their most popular content on disc. Something minor like shirt films he makes for the internet is fine. I'm talking about a major work like a new series or movie. It's not picture quality necessarily; I just don't like the idea of anything being over the internet, from him or anybody. I really hate that theater-quality movies are being produced for Netflix (big-screen guy Michael Bay is even directing one with Ryan Reynolds). It's a worrisome trend for theaters. So I don't have positive feelings about Netflix or any streaming outlet, and certainly don't want him involved in it.
As a former movie theater manager, I can certainly respect that. However, I don’t see Netflix or other streaming platforms producing movies that are having much critical or commercial success. Netflix shows can be smash hits, but their features have been mostly jokes. (People holding off on seeing theatrical movies until they pop up on Netflix is another matter and more troubling.)
In terms of series though, I think the more platforms there are, the more diversity and experimentation we get. The growth of prestige cable content and then online services producing original content has been a beautiful thing, and the quality of programming has improved so much because a couple of stodgy companies aren’t dictating what is and isn’t commercially acceptable anymore. Netflix in particular seems to have endless resources and produces a breathtaking amount of content, a decent percentage of which is admirably fresh and creator-driven (Lady Dynamite, Bojack Horseman, G.L.O.W, Dear White People, Master of None, etc.).
I don't feel that new "Peaks" is coming, but I wonder if Showtime would partner with him for anything else, even something that wouldn't be a series, but perhaps a long or two-part movie. They don't really do original movies like HBO does. I wonder if they have a good relationship with him specifically and would be interested in fostering that kind of art cinema, or if it was just the known property of "Peaks" that caused them to make this deal. I suspect the latter.
I’ve thought the same thing. I think they likely want to maintain their relationship with him, and his name alone has some marquee value and oddles of artistic street cred, but I definitely don’t think they would be as eager to finance a non-TP project.
BTW, are you saying that you would prefer DKL to produce a Showtime original film to him doing a series for Netflix? That seems somewhat contradictory. Do you really think streaming original movies are hurting theatrical features substantially more than TV movies? Personally, I don’t think either is having much impact. I think when films end up in either boat, it’s either because the project couldn’t get funding/distribution as a theatrical feature, or because a studio wants to dump a movie that turned out awful, and maybe make some money back (like that Cloverfield sequel that everyone panned a few months back). As to the former category, this likely applies to most projects DKL may be interested in doing. It seems to have gotten increasingly difficult for him to find funding in the mainstream studio system, and at a certain point, if Hollywood and even European cinema aren’t supporting his vision, I think he’s perfectly justified in saying “screw ‘em” and taking his ball to another court — and I would absolutely encourage him to do so. I do think that if he has any chance of getting a feature to the big screen that will always be his first preference, but if that’s not an option, I’d rather he create than give up.