Netflix's Crouching Tiger Sequel: A Ninja Threat to Movie Theaters

September 30, 2014 4:17 PM

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Netflix's Crouching Tiger Sequel: A Ninja Threat to Movie Theaters

It’s fitting that Netflix’s (NFLX) first foray into moviemaking comes via a martial arts film. In the cagey and brutal game of content distribution, the streaming service has just launched a bold offensive in its deal with the Weinstein Co. to produce a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The coming film will make its debut in August simultaneously on IMAX (IMAX) screens and on the Netflix streaming service. To play the analogy out: Weinstein is the tiger, Netflix the not-so-hidden dragon, and all the other studios and major theater-owners are waves of masked ninjas that scatter like...

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