Under the exclusive deal, beginning in 2017, Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to stream select Open Road titles on the distribution company’s 2016 slate, including comedy Fifty Shades Of Black, action-thriller Triple 9, and romantic comedy Mother’s Day. Also available will be action-thriller Sleepless Night, Bleed For This, and the animated family film Blazing Samurai.
This comes after Amazon and Bleecker Street struck a multi-year content licensing agreement in March of this year that sees the company’s Prime Instant Video service be the exclusive subscription home for Bleecker Street theatrical releases. The deal starts with the Al Pacino-starrer Danny Collins, and the upcoming Tobey Maguire-starrer Pawn Sacrifice.
Other titles that will hit the service include the Blythe Danner Sundance acquisition I’ll See You In My Dreams; the Viggo Mortensen-starrer Captain Fantastic; and Trumbo, which stars Bryan Cranston as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
Amazon Studios made the bold pronouncement in January about its company getting into the film business by producing and acquiring movies to be shown theatrically before moving to its Amazon Prime. It said it would produce about a dozen films a year. The move was seen as a direct hit to Netflix, the leader in online production.