Amazon has reportedly paid $12 million to acquire the US rights for The Big Stick at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film incited a bidding war between Amazon, Netflix, Fox Searchlight, and Sony Pictures after its premiere this past Friday. As far as I’m aware, this is the most Amazon has paid for a film, beating out last year’s $10 million purchase of Manchester By The Sea, which has since won a Golden Globe and grossed close to $40 million. Read more ›
Here is a quick roundup of news revolving around Amazon original content. It was just announced yesterday that Sneaky Pete, Amazon’s newest original series that debuted a week ago, has been renewed for a second season. Amazon’s next new series debut will be Z: The Beginning of Everything, which debuts in a week on Jan, 27th, and the upcoming new series I Love Dick has received a premiere date of May 12th. Amazon has announced that they have greenlit Good Omens, a six-part hour-long comedy series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s and Terry Pratchett’s novel about a battle to stop the apocalypse that will debut in 2018. Lastly, yesterday marked the start of the Sundance Film Festival, where Amazon went on a shopping spree last year and picked up numerous movies. They’re already off to a running start this year with the $6 million+ purchase of Long Strange Trip, a 4-hour documentary on The Grateful Dead by director Amir Bar-Lev and producer Martin Scorsese.
Amazon’s latest original movie Gleason is now available for Prime members to watch through Amazon Video. This is a documentary about Steve Gleason, a former NFL defensive back who was diagnosed with ALS. Diagnosed with only 2 to 5 years to live, Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son as he lives his life to the fullest. The movie has great reviews with a 4.9 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, an 8.3 out of 10 rating on IMDB, and a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score.
Amazon’s original movie Cafe Society is now available for Prime members to stream through Amazon Video. This is the Woody Allen movie that Amazon acquired the rights to at the start of the year, along with Allen’s first TV show, Crisis in Six Scenes, which premiered on Prime a few months ago. Cafe Society is a romantic comedy about a Bronx native who moves to Hollywood in the 1930s and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man. The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Steve Carell. In a week, Prime members will be able to stream Gleason, another new Amazon original movie.
The latest Amazon Original movie to be made available on Prime Video is The Neon Demon. This film had its theatrical debut back in June of this year and it can now be streamed by Prime members starting today. Other recent Amazon Original movies made available through Prime Video are Wiener-Dog, Complete Unknown, Love & Friendship, and Elvis & Nixon. The next movies from Amazon expected to come to Prime Video are Gleason and Cafe Society, but arrival dates have not been announced.
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.