As the company continues to grow their ever expanding catalog of films, shows and original content, Netflix has decided to purchase a film appearing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Deadline has reported that the streaming service has finalized ownership of the worldwide distribution rights of the film Next Gen, a comic-based animated film directed by Kevin R. Adams and Joe Ksnader. After competitive bidding, Netflix’s deal for the film makes it one of the biggest ever at the famed film festival.
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Based on the comic 7723 by Wang Nima, Next Gen is an emotional action-adventure about two unlikely friends existing in a robot-filled world. The cast for the film includes the voices of Charlyne Yi, Jason Sudeikis and Michael Pena.
On top of this purchase, Netflix has numerous anticipated premieres approaching within the next few weeks, including season 2 of 13 Reasons Why (May 18th), season 4 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (May 31st), season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage (June 22nd), and season 2 of GLOW (June 29th). As in most cases, there is no doubt that Netlfix will use the distribution of this film as a way to garner more potential subscribers.
A current statistic released shows that, as of the first quarter of 2018, the streaming service has a whopping 125 million subscribers worldwide, with over 56 million subscribers residing in the U.S. alone.
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