It’s been almost four years since famed Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino’s last film The Hateful Eight released. After a painfully long wait, Tarantino’s latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in cinemas worldwide.
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a comedy-drama. As the ninth movie in the director’s illustrious career, it has already got fans clutching onto the edge of their seats. The film is a collaborative effort between Tarantino and several actors with whom he has worked in the past, including Leonardo di Caprio and Brad Pitt. However, this is the first time in the director’s career that he is working without his favorite but now notorious producer Harvey Weinstein.
For those who are waiting to see the film on Netflix, it will be a long wait before the streaming giant even gets a chance to add this one to its kitty. Before the collapse of The Weinstein Company, the last three of Tarantino’s films were distributed to other networks. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood currently has Sony as its domestic as well as international distributor.
STARZ is contractually bound with Sony to receive all of its latest cinematic releases and the contract won’t be null and void before 2021. Sony too has decided to alter the way in which it distributes its titles to streaming services. Rather than offering everything in one single bundle, they will offer each film on an individual basis to the highest bidder. This means streaming services will have to now compete with one another to acquire Sony’s latest cinematic releases. Though those who have a subscription with Netflix DVD will be able to rent the movie from early 2020.
Talking about other regions, the latest cinematic releases in the United Kingdom mostly end up on Now TV or Sky. These networks stream the latest movies for a certain period of time before another service takes up the license. Netflix UK will probably receive Once Upon a Time in Hollywood after the license with Now TV or Sky ends though subscribers might have to wait till 2021 before the movie is available to stream on Netflix. Canada is likely to receive the film before the United States and as far as Australia goes, if not Netflix then Foxtel or Amazon Prime is likely to be the audiences’ best bet.