Just when Tamara Jenkins' perpetually delayed follow-up to her 2007 Oscar-nominated The Savages seemed ready to go, the company that developed it, Amazon Studios, left Jenkins in the lurch. Enter Netflix. "I think 'swooped' would be the perfect word," says Jenkins. ''I thought we're going to blow it. ... And then Netflix said, 'We'll do it' and they said it incredibly fast." Jenkins' Private Life (Oct. 5)—starring Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as a middle-aged New York couple navigating the medical and emotional gauntlet of assisted reproduction—is part of what may be the most extensive fall movie slate any studio has ever put together, reports the AP. Between September and Christmas, Netflix will release at least 25 films: one or two movies almost every week, many by Hollywood's premier filmmakers.
Among them: Nicole Holofcener's midlife crisis drama The Land of Steady Habits (Sept. 14), Jeremy Saulnier's northern Alaska thriller Hold the Dark (Sept. 28), Paul Greengrass' docudrama on the 2011 Norway terrorist attack 22 July (Oct. 10), David Mackenzie's Robert the Bruce epic Outlaw King (Nov. 9), Joel and Ethan Coen's Western anthology The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Nov. 16) and Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity follow-up, Roma. And that's not mentioning The Other Side of the Wind, from one Orson Welles. It's a significant surge for a firm with an up-and-down record on quality. (See: Bright, War Machine or any of the Adam Sandler movies.) And though critics have claimed Netflix releases can get lost in its sea of programming options, it will be hard to miss the Netflix movies this fall. There will be six Netflix films at the Venice Film Festival and eight at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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