Frances Ha/ Mistress America director Noah Baumbach is the latest marquee filmmaker to throw his lot in with Netflix, following in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese, David Michôd, Cary Fukunaga, and Bong Joon-ho. The streaming giant has picked up worldwide rights to Baumbach’s latest, The Meyerowitz Stories, which it will stream and release to a handful of theaters later this year.
Meyerowitz is a comedy/drama about an estranged family, starring Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten – and Adam Sandler, who just re-upped his lucrative contract with Netflix. No word on whether the star put in a good word for his employer, but at least now his Netflix output could include a good movie to counterbalance the likes of The Ridiculous Six and The Do-Over. (He’s made plenty of good movies! It just only happens when he turns himself over to an outside director, away from the band of sycophants and hangers-on over at his Happy Madison Productions.)
Anyway, the angry comments from confused Sandler fans on the Netflix viewing page should be entertaining.