Netflix Nabs Vigilante Superhero Movie from Russo Brothers

Peter White over at Deadline is reporting that Netflix has won the bidding war over Past Midnight, a movie about  "a new kind of vigilante superhero". 

The feature will be directed by Dope director Rick Famuyiwa and written by TJ Fixman, a writer on the Ratchet & Clank video game series. The Russo Brothers production is also looking to sign Keanu Reeves in the feature's lead role.

 

Netflix Taps Hasan Minhaj for Weekly Talk Show

Netflix has picked up another Daily Show alum for another foray into the talk show world.

Hasan Minhaj is set to host his own weekly talk show on Netflix that will debut later this year. Netflix has given Minhaj a large vote of confidence, committing to a 32 episode order, which will make Minhaj the first Indian-American host of a weekly comedy talk show.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Netflix family as the country braces for another election season. And like you, I cannot wait to find out who Putin picks this time.” Minhaj joked.

Minhaj first broke onto the national scene when he joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart back in November 2014. Minhaj will remain on The Daily Show through the end of July, before beginning production on his new project. Minhaj also earned praise for his one-hour Netflix comedy special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, and for his performance hosting the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Bela Bajaria, Vice President of Content for Netflix said “I’ve been a big fan of Hasan’s for many years. He’s a phenomenal writer with a distinct point of view. He is a brilliant performer, who is hilarious both on stage and off, and more importantly he isn’t afraid to share his thoughtful voice and unique perspective. We are so excited to bring his new talk series to Netflix members around the world.”

Netflix Aims to have 700 Total Series, Movies in 2018

CFO David Wells spoke at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Tuesday saying that Netflix will have nearly 700 series and movies, in total, in 2018. This is made possible by Netflix spending $8 billion in 2018 alone on content. Wells believes that by having a large content base, the subscriber base will also increase.

Opinion: While Netflix's approach will drive early growth, sustaining your numbers will become difficult with this approach. Netflix's people are definitely smarter than I am so they no doubt know that they will have to switch their approach at some point to be quality-first instead of quantity first.

Chuck Lorre's 'Disjointed' Cancelled After One Season

Sitcom "titan" Chuck Lorre has struck out with Disjointed. The show has been cancelled after one season at Netflix.

Disjointed originally had a two season, twenty episode order.  However, critics had rated Season 1 Part 1 as the worst television show of the summer. Part 2 of Season 1 arrived on January 12 to little fanfare. And now a month later, the show is done.

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Season 4 to be Released in Two Parts

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 has indeed been broken...up into two parts.

The season will release its first 6 episodes on May 30, with the remainder of the season to be released later in 2018.

Netflix usually posts the complete season in order for subscribers to watch the content at their own pace. It's a strange move but should it prove successful, Netflix may continue the trend.

Third Cloverfield Movie, The Cloverfield Paradox, to stream on Netflix after the Super Bowl

Originally reported by Deadline's Anthony D'Alessandro, the third installment in the Cloverfield franchise, The Cloverfield Paradox, will be available on Netflix after completion of the Super Bowl.

Rumors for weeks circulated that Netflix was in talks with Paramount to acquire the film for it's streaming service. An ad for the movie appeared during a commercial break with the Super Bowl and a tweet from the film's twitter account confirms the release window.

Here is a direct link to the film on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80134431

A Series of Unfortunate Events Will End After Season 3 According to NPH

As the title says, Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events will end with Season 3, says producer Neil Patrick Harris to TV Guide.

Unfortunately this is considered news. Netflix had already renewed the show for a second and third season and the first season covered the first four books of the thirteen book series. Simple math suggested that the series would end with the third season.

The only way we should be surprised about the length of the series is if the producers decided to add an additional season or a spin-off to the show.

Be sure to check out our review for Season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events on April 3.

-Dan

When We First Met (Trailer)

Today, Netflix posted the trailer for How We First Met, starring Adam Devine, Alexandra Daddario, and Robbie Amel.

Upon first glance, it looks like your run-of-the-mill romantic comedy about a guy who loves a girl but she only considers him a friend. Using a scenario he has stumbled upon, the guy will attempt to get the girl to fall in love with him.

Therefore, this will come down to how good the script and acting are. Adam Devine is a funny guy but I've yet to see a more sensitive side from him, so this project will be interesting to watch for that.

What are your opinions on the movie? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

-Dan