Roma’s Alfonso Cuarón Would Work With Netflix Again ‘In A Second’

Filmmakers often have very tenuous relationships with studios. Of course, that’s not always the case. There are plenty of instances of filmmakers and studios getting along just fine, but it goes without saying that, at times, there is a bit of a clash with what a director wants to do with a film and what a studio thinks will make more money. It’s the same reason big filmmakers take breaks with big-budget films and embark on more personal stories with smaller stakes.

Netflix, on the other hand, has seemed like a more laid-back studio. Sure, just like any other, they do have their own rules to go by, but given that none of us have any metrics as to how good their movies do, they aren’t pressured to really greenlight the standard type of movies to their streaming service. This has allowed them to take a lot of risks that many wouldn’t take — such as the multiple Oscar-nominated Roma from filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón.

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Speaking with Deadline, the filmmaker gushed about how great Netflix was to work with:

“I would work with Netflix in a second. They have delivered way more than what they promised. I am so pleased. I made a movie that on paper seems very unlikely and very difficult. It’s a drama, it’s not a genre film, it’s black-and-white, it’s in Spanish and Mixtec. When it was presented, the actors were not recognizable. It was like something that could have ended in just one theater in LA, and one theater in New York, and one theater in several cities around the world. Does Netflix have anything to do with this presence? Yes they have a lot to do with this presence.”

Now, it is worth mentioning that this is a movie that could still have potentially worked out with other studios, but as he said, it wouldn’t have ended up in many theaters and would have quickly ended up at various streaming services soon after. Ironically enough, even though Netflix is primarily a streaming service, they’ve managed to bring the movie to more than 100 theaters in the U.S. and 500 theaters internationally, it sounds like Cuarón was able to get the best of both worlds.

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SOURCES: Deadline

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