With the increasing amount of “cord cutters” (I am myself joining that fray real soon), the battle for scooping up that market is becoming a one-horse race recently. With its foray and concentration to original programming and a low affordable streaming rate, Netflix has blazed a trail that others are trying to keep up with. More notably, the returning Orange Is the New Black has received countless awards and allows viewers to binge watch a whole season without having to wait for drawn out episodes spanning over several months. House of Cards has also made its mark on the consumer and, just recently, Marvel TV teamed up with Netflix and released the already popular and acclaimed Daredevil series as part of Marvel’s growing cinematic universe.
It’s quite a lineup that Netflix has going for it but there is more to come. Original movie are set to follow their original series. They’ve recently reached a deal with Weinstein Co. for the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and now have announced an exclusive movie deal with Brad Pitt to make War Machine. They also have a pact with Adam Sandler for four original movies. Needless to say, their stock is at an all-time high. These plans are making Netflix the front runner in streaming media and one can clearly see more down the road.
Back on the “TV series” side, Netflix had already acquired the rights for Fuller House reuniting the cast of Full House and have now picked up the just recently cancelled Degrassi: Next Class, keeping the long-running Canadian teen drama alive. Also, there are reports that the creators of Top Gear are leaving BBC and reuniting for an exclusive new car show series for Netflix (I don’t care for rumors but this seems to be picking up steam).
On top of that, Marvel fans can rejoice with the official announcement that Joe Bernthal (Walking Dead, Fury) has been cast as fan favorite Frank Castle aka The Punisher for season 2 of Daredevil. That leaves some credibility to rumors that Marvel and Netflix have plans for Blade and possibly Ghost Rider as well. Also, the next series in the Marvel/Netflix slate has gotten a name change dropping the “AKA” and strictly calling it Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Let’s not forget, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and a Defenders series are also already confirmed and in the mix.
That is tons of news, and I’m sure I’ve probably missed some, so leave us some feedback and let us know what you are more excited about from Netflix. And leave us suggestions as well!