These days, it seems like every major movie studio has their own separate streaming service…but there is one exception. Sony Pictures has yet to even announce such a thing — which is weird, given their tendency to shamelessly chase trends. Not only that, they appear to have no interest in doing so, and today’s newly announced deal with Netflix seems to confirm that.
Under the five-year deal, Sony movies released in theaters will stream exclusively on Netflix for the next few months afterward. This includes the in-development sequels to Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and Venom, all future Jumanji and Bad Boys movies, two things we’ve never heard of called Bullet Train and Where The Crawdads Sing, and Morbius, which is due out next January. Sony is also working on a movie based off the Playstation’s Uncharted series, which is pegged for a February 18, 2022 release.
You may have seen the original Spider-Verse on Netflix already. Apparently Sony already had a deal with Netflix for their animated movies; this just expands the list.
“Sony Pictures is a great partner and we are thrilled to expand our relationship through this forward-thinking agreement,” states Scott Stuber, Netflix’s head of global films. “This not only allows us to bring their impressive slate of beloved film franchises and new IP to Netflix in the U.S., but it also establishes a new source of first run films for Netflix movie lovers worldwide.”
Despite including just about every major movie release Sony has on the board, the deal is not all-encompassing. Anything Sony produces directly for the streaming market is not covered by the deal, so they are free to develop properties for anyone.