At the beginning of the year while he was out promoting his latest project, 'Dunkirk', director Christopher Nolan criticised online streaming service Netflix for considering a cinema-less model, whereby new releases would forego cinema premieres, and become readily available on their platform instead.
Upon reflecting on his words in an interview with Variety, Nolan has apologised: "I should have been more polite." The director also mentioned how he has since written an apologetic email to Netflix boss Ted Sarandos.
I said what I believed to be true
Despite the apology, Nolan hasn't changed his stance on things: "I said what I believe, but I was undiplomatic in the way I expressed it. I wasn't giving any context to the frankly revolutionary nature of what Netflix has done. It's extraordinary. They need appropriate respect for that, which I have".
Netflix continues to be a huge success with its streaming model, much to the chagrin of cinematic professionals, who fear their role in the industry is being threatened. Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings recently spoke to Fast Company where he mentioned, "Binge-watching is great because it puts you in control...You have complete flexibility."