Spielberg himself will be reviving his 1980s television series "Amazing Stories" on the new platform.
Steven Spielberg is just one of many A-listers who is teaming with Apple for their new streaming service, but some aren't exactly celebrating the filmmaker's involvement.
During the Apple Event Monday, the company's CEO Tim Cook unveiled Apple TV+ streaming service, which will be an update to the already existing Apple TV app and will produce new content produced by legendary directors, including J.J. Abrams and Sofia Coppola, and will have shows starring big names such as Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Jason Momoa.
Spielberg himself will be reviving his 1980s television series "Amazing Stories" on the platform. Apple's streaming service, which is to be released this fall, will be in competition with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video. This would all be fine and dandy if it weren't for Spielberg's comments about Netflix last month.
Indiewire reported that the five-time Oscar winner is "devoted to ensuring that the [Academy Awards] race never sees another 'Roma' -- a Netflix film backed by massive sums, that didn't play by the same rules as its analog-studio competitors." In Spielberg's view, Netflix films should be considered for Emmys instead of other awards because you watch the streaming service's movie offerings on the small screen.
A spokesperson for Spielberg's production company, Amblin, told IndieWire that "Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation."
Due to the fact that both AppleTV+ and Netflix are streaming services, people railed on Spielberg on social media. Some were even convinced the legendary director had bashed on Netflix just because he was going to be teaming up with the competition.
One critic tweeted, "Steven Spielberg, who has openly argued that movies that are just on a TV aren't real movies and shouldn't be considered the same kind of art, is being paid to tell you why Apple TV+ is good." Another added, "'netflix movies shouldn't win oscars!' - stephen spielberg, right before announcing his apple tv+ partnership."
"Steven Spielberg bitching about Netflix, but introducing Apple's new slate of original streaming content is telling," a person wrote, before another said, "And the mystery about why Spielberg hates Netflix is suddenly revealed."
It should be noted that Amblin Entertainment and Spielberg only announced a series with the streamer and not a movie.
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Steven Spielberg, who has openly argued that movies that are just on a TV aren't real movies and shouldn't be considered the same kind of art, is being paid to tell you why Apple TV+ is good.