Sundance: Duplass Brothers Ink Four-Movie Deal With Netflix
The titles will be small-budget films and the duo are not on a timetable.
Jay and Mark Duplass have inked a four-movie deal with Netflix, the streaming media company confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
The titles will be small-budget films, Netflix said, and the duo are not on a timetable, so they can continue with their HBO series Togetherness, which premiered Jan. 11.
"Our relationship with Mark and Jay Duplass began nearly 10 years ago with our acquisition of The Puffy Chair and continues with this four-picture deal," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. "Independent films are an important part of our DNA, and we plan to make these films more globally accessible than ever."
The deal is the latest big move for Netflix, which announced Oct. 1 that it had booked Adam Sandler for a four-movie deal and unveiled a deal Sept. 29 to release a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel with The Weinstein Co.
Netflix ended 2014 with 57.4 million subscribers. In a letter to shareholders on Jan. 21, CEO Reed Hastings pledged that Netflix would continue to invest heavily in original content.
In 2014, "our original content overall was some of our most efficient content," Hastings wrote.