Chris Columbus Inks First-Look Deal With Netflix

The director and his 1492 Pictures recently worked with the streamer on the holiday movie 'The Christmas Chronicles.'
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Producer-director Chris Columbus is the latest filmmaker to find a home at Netflix.

Columbus and his 1492 Pictures, as well as partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe, have inked a multiyear first-look deal with the streamer, which debuted the shingle's latest project, the family holiday feature The Christmas Chronicles.

“Chris has established himself as a diverse and versatile filmmaker with his work spanning generations, genres and audiences," Netflix's film head Scott Stuber said Wednesday in a statement. "Following the huge success of The Christmas Chronicles, I’m thrilled that we can continue the highly productive relationship we enjoy with him and his partners. I’m looking forward to the creative boundaries Chris, Michael, Mark and the 1492 team will push here at Netflix.” 

Added Columbus: “Partnering with Netflix is a thrilling and exciting opportunity for 1492 Pictures. Being able to create original content on a major motion picture scale is a rarity in Hollywood these days. But not at Netflix. They encourage original ideas and visionary filmmaking. And the icing on the cake? The executives at Netflix are great people who support some of the world’s greatest filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuaron."

While Netflix has signed multiple high-profile television creatives like Ryan Murphy, Kenya Barris and Shonda Rhimes to lucrative pacts, Columbus is joining only a handful of creatives on the feature side. Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves, Transformers producer Ian Bryce and producers Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless have first-look deals at the streamer.