Netflix Inc announced on Tuesday that it would release more than 70 films for its US clients in comedy, drama, family and other genres this year. This underlines the growing importance of streaming services in the film business.
On the Netflix list are the crime thriller Red Notice with Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson, one of six action films, as well as the zombie-heist film Army of the Dead by director Zack Snyder. The dozen comedies include Don’t Look Up with an all-star cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Tyler Perry, Meryl Streep, and more.
All but four films will be available to Netflix customers in more than 190 countries. Ten of the films are in languages other than English. Additional films will be released in markets outside of the United States.
Netflix competes with a group of newer streaming services from Walt Disney Co., AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp. and Apple Inc. around the audience. Competition has increased as the coronavirus pandemic closed cinemas and left audiences in search of entertainment.
Netflix’s pace of releasing more than one movie a week dwarfs that of other Hollywood studios. In contrast, Disney currently plans to have around two dozen films in theaters and through its Disney + streaming service this year, including four Marvel Studios films and two from Pixar.
The Netflix 2021 schedule includes 18 dramas, nine thrillers, eight animated films and eight romances.
Other notable titles include Musical Tick, Tick… BOOM directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Bruised, a drama that is the first film to be directed by Halle Berry.