With only two titles under its wing so far, Open Road Films already has announced a multiyear digital streaming deal with Netflix, making pics available in the pay-TV window after their DVD release.
Separately, Netflix has brokered a similar distribution pact with Well Go USA for a slate of Asian pics.
Deal with Open Road includes future titles along with its existing pair, “Killer Elite” and “The Host.” As with the pics under the Netflix pacts with Relativity and FilmDistrict, these titles will forego pay cable windows with the likes of HBO, for online streaming, instead.
“Netflix provides us the opportunity to bring Open Road Films titles to consumers in the most innovative ways possible, and this partnership is an important part of our new model of theatrical distribution,” said Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg.
Netflix COO Ted Sarandos added, “With their keen eye for commercial content and a savvy business plan, we are confident that Open Road will bring Netflix members a diverse array of successful and high-quality films.”
Open Road, a joint distribution venture between AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment, plans to launch mid-range budgeted pics for nationwide release.
“Killer Elite,” toplining Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen, is the fledgling company’s first title, set for a Sept. 23 release; the feature adaptation of Stephenie Meyer-penned tome “The Host” will hit plexes March 29, 2013.
The multiyear Well Go USA deal enables Netflix to stream Asian action movies from the company’s catalog of more 2,000 titles, including “Ip Man,” and its sequel, “Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen” and “The Man from Nowhere.”
Pact also includes new releases like “Little Big Soldier,” penned by and starring Jackie Chan, and “A Better Tomorrow,” executive produced by John Woo.
(Marc Graser contributed to this report).