Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Netflix to simultaneously release Crouching Tiger 2

If you've read our previous post of the future of streaming services, you'll know that many are set to become major movie players. News now arrives via Deadline that Netflix is set to take its first steps into a much larger world, partnering up with The Weinstein Company to release martial arts sequel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on it's streaming service the same day it hits US cinemas next year.

Of course, premiering films via digital services is nothing new – indie movies have been tapping that well for a while. But the impact is more in the size of the film and the debate over release windows. There is already some controversy about the move, according to Variety, with a couple of cinema chains across the pond refusing to offer screens for the release.

The movie itself, now in production under the direction of Woo-Ping Yuen (True Legend), adapts the fifth book of Wang Du Lu's Crane-Iron pentaology, originally called Silver Vase, Iron Knight (the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon drew from the fourth tome). Michelle Yeoh is back as Yu Shu Lien, with Donnie Yen (Ip Man) as Silent Wolf. 

With a script by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom), the cameras are rolling now in New Zealand. The schedule calls for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend to arrive on 28 August, 2015 in the US simultaneously on screens big and small. This is just one of the movies Netflix has a hand in, with the company continuing its push into original content for both movies and TV.

Whether it arrives in UK cinemas and the British arm of Netflix at the same time remains to be seen – but it's certainly an interesting development.

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