Netflix and Epix are going their separate ways. The news was announced yesterday in a blog post by Netflixs Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. This means that blockbusters likeTransformers: Age of Extinction, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and World War Z will be gone from the streaming service by the end of September.
The move is all part of the companys plan to increase exclusive content by working with filmmakers and actors like Ricky Gervais, Judd Apatow, Angelina Jolie,Brad Pitt, Sofia Coppola, and Adam Sandler on original projects. Netflix also plans to make more deals with studios themselves like the one starting next year that will make the company the sole subscription service to carry all things Disney including Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm projects. Other upcoming animated acquisitions include Minions, Home, and Hotel Transylvania.
Some of the original projects include Beasts of No Nation, a war film directed by True Detectives Cary Fukunaga and starring Idris Elba, which debuts in October. December will feature the release of Adam Sandlers first film under his four picture deal with the company, a comedy western called Ridiculous Six, as well as Sofia Coppolas A Very Murray Christmas starring Bill Murray. The beginning of next year will also see the addition of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Green Legend, and the Judd Apatow-produced Pee-wees Big Holiday.
Epix was established in 2009 thanks to a partnership between Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate. The series of channels Epix, Epix2, Epix Drive-In and Epix Hits present a variety of films as well as original content like comedy specials and concert footage. The channels are included in many major cable packages around the country.