Netflix will release 22 movies in theaters this fall, including the sequel to Rian Johnson’s “Glass Onion,” but that one doesn’t have a date yet.
Netflix has no favorites. From “Bardo” by Alejandro González Iñárritu to “Christmas With You”, today he released more dates for his fall movie poster. And somehow, the streamer reviled by exhibitors has become their biggest single provider of theatrical releases.
A total of 22 Netflix titles will receive a theatrical release this fall. Of course, many of these releases may be closer to the Oscar-rated metric of a theater for a week in one of the six metropolitan areas, but between “Bardo,” “White Noise,” and whatever happens to “Glass Onion”, Netflix appears. to be in full test mode to expand Netflix’s theatrical footprint.
There are ambitious theatrical windows for Don DeLillo’s adaptation of Noah Baumbach’s “White Noise” (35 days) and Iñárritu’s Mexican-shot poetic comedy “Bardo,” which has 42 days between its U.S. theatrical release on November 4 and its premiere on Netflix on December 16; opens for the first time in theaters in Mexico on October 27. They all represent prime programming for awards consideration, of course.
These films could represent the widest cinematic windows yet for Netflix. Last year, it gave Best Picture Oscar nominee and eventual Best Director winner “The Power of the Dog” two weeks in theaters (including its own physical Manhattan venue, the Paris Theater). In what then represented its longest commitment to a theatrical window to that point, Netflix gave Alfonso Cuarón’s triple 2018 Oscar winner “Roma” a full three weeks in theaters before it aired. That was until Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” received four weeks in theaters in late 2019.
Receiving theatrical releases with dates and lengths to be defined are perhaps Rian Johnson’s awards season “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” (airing December 23) and Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion “Pinocchio” (airing December 9). Lower profile but in the mix of awards is the Toronto International Film Festival premiere “The Swimmers,” a refugee drama directed by Sally El Hosaini. It will air on November 23, and a premiere date will also be announced.
There’s also the recently changed “Blonde” (theaters Sept. 16, Netflix Sept. 28), plus new German Oscar entry “All Quiet on the Western Front” (theaters Sept. 29 in Germany and select markets; streaming on October 28), and Tobias Lindholm. the serial killer story “The Good Nurse” (theaters Oct. 19; Netflix Oct. 26) starring Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne.
In the documentaries, there is “Is That Black Enough For You?!?” by Elvis Mitchell. (TV theaters November, followed by Netflix November 11), as well as Hilary and Chelsea Clinton’s “In Her Hands” (theatres November 9, Netflix November 16)
Netflix also announced the theatrical air dates for “Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical” (theaters Dec. 9; Netflix Dec. 25); stop-motion dark fantasy “Wendell & Wild” (theaters Oct. 21; streaming Oct. 28); and Scott Cooper’s “The Pale Blue Eye” (theaters Dec. 23; broadcast Jan. 6). Still looking for a date is Sebastian Lelio’s “The Wonder,” starring Florence Pugh, which is expected to hit theaters in November and then air in December.
Streaming-only debuts include the Stephen King adaptation “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” (October 5); “Enola Holmes 2” (November 4); and Lindsay Lohan starring in “Falling for Christmas,” which debuts on the platform on November 10.
For more on this fall’s releases, check out IndieWire’s Fall Movie Sneak Peek.