Amazon’s original movie Elvis & Nixon is now available on Prime Video. This is Amazon’s largest box office movie to date and they’re bringing it to Prime members just 4 months after its theatrical release. Amazon’s other two movies, Chi-Raq and Creative Control, made their way to Prime Video 3 months and 2 months after their big screen premiere, so it seems like the more popular the movie, the longer Amazon leaves it in theaters. Still, a 4 month turn round from theater to streaming is far shorter than the 10 month average it usually takes movies to come to streaming services.
The Amazon original movie Elvis & Nixon is set to arrive on Prime Video next month on August 25. The movie premiered in theaters in April, giving it just a 4 month turnaround time from big screen to Prime Video. When Amazon first announced they’d start making original movies last year, they said they’d be bringing their movies to Prime much quicker than the 10 month average it usual takes movies to make their way to subscription services. So far they’ve made good on that promise with their first two movie releases, Chi-Raq and Creative Control, which made their way to Prime members in 3 months and 2 months.
Due to Amazon’s recent buying spree at Sundance, we can probably expect to see a new original movie come to Prime once a month. Love & Friendship premiered in theaters in May, The Neon Demon debuted in June, and Woody Allen’s Café Society just premiered last week. All three should make their way to Prime Video later this year.
Amazon’s second original movie, Creative Control, is now available to stream for free for Prime members. The movie premiered in theaters in March and is being made available on Prime video exactly two months later. This short turn around from theatrical release to Prime availability is the same timeframe we saw with Amazon’s first original movie, Chi-Raq.
Amazon has been busy buying up movie rights all year. With over a dozen titles in their catalogue, Prime members can expect to see original movie releases on a regular basis. Amazon’s third original movie, and one of their most anticipated, Elvis & Nixon, was released in theaters last month, so we’ll see if it arrives on Prime as fast as their first two originals. Love & Friendship, premeiring in theaters tomorrow, will be Amazon’s fourth original movie, followed by The Neon Demon with a June theatrical release.
The Neon Demon is one of several movies Amazon aquired the rights to at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and now the film’s first trailer is available. The thriller stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, and Jena Malone. It’s set to hit theaters later this year and make it’s way to Amazon Prime Video shortly after.
Amazon has picked up the rights to a film being made by Joseph Gordon-Levitt about the rise of the Klu Klux Klan, titled K Troop. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is still in very early stages of production and, while Levitt is onboard as a producer, he may or may not star in the film. The film’s title refers to the special US military division, K Troop, that battled the KKK when the hate group first formed. Levitt would play Major Lewis Merrill, K Troops’ division leader, if he stars in the film.
Amazon has aquired the North American rights to Woody Allen’s next movie. The film, a yet untitled romantic comedy staring Steve Carell and Blake Lively, will receive a full theatrical run this summer and make it’s way exclusively to Amazon Prime Video shortly there after. This isn’t the first deal Allen has made with Amazon. The critically-acclaimed director signed on to write and direct his first TV series for Amazon a year ago. That show is expected to premiere on Prime Video later this year as well.
Just 2 short months after it’s theatrical debut, Chi-Raq, Amazon’s first original movie, is now available to stream for free by Prime members. Amazon set out, at the start of last year, with a goal of 12 original movies per year. Chi-Raq is the first step towards that goal, with the theatrical release of Creative Control next month bwing their second step. With Amazon’s recent shopping spree at the Sundance Film Festival, they now have a total of 12 movies under their belt, which we can expect to be released in the coming year and eventually become available to Prime members shortly after release.
Before going on a shopping spree at the Sundance Film Festival, Amazon picked up the rights to Creative Control at SXSW last year. Here is the first trailer for the new sci-fi satire set to be released in the coming months March 11, 2016. The film, directed by and starring Benjamin Dickinson, is about an advertising executive testing a pair of new virtual reality glasses. It won the special jury prize for visual excellence at SXSW last March.
Amazon is continuing their Sundance Film Festival shopping spree with the purchase of the Todd Solondz-directed comedy Weiner-Dog. This brings their Sundance total up to five, making them the most aggressive studio at the festival. Netflix has picked up the second most films with their purchase of three titles. During the festival, Amazon has nabbed Author: The JT LeRoy Story, Love & Friendship, Manchester by the Sea, as well as Complete Unknown before the festival even started.
Amazon is continuing to acquire movies at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival with a reported $10 million dollar deal for the domestic rights to Manchester by the Sea, the Kenneth Lonergan-directed drama staring Casey Affleck. The film is so far the best reviewed film of this years film festival. Amazon already picked up the rights to Complete Unknown earlier this week before Sundance kicked off. The rights to Manchester by the Sea brings Amazon’s film tally up to four, putting them well on their way to their goal of 12 film releases this year. Once these movies make their theatrical debuts, they should make their way into Amazon’s Prime video library two short months later.