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.
Check out more reactions below.
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.— Imran Khan (@imranzomg) March 25, 2019
"netflix movies shouldn't win oscars!" - stephen spielberg, right before announcing his apple tv+ partnership— brendon bigley (@brendonbigley) March 25, 2019
Steven Spielberg bitching about Netflix, but introducing Apple's new slate of original streaming content is telling. #AppleEvent— Bennett D. Bennett ♠ (@BennettDBennett) March 25, 2019
Wait. Spielberg slandered Netflix and now he’s at the Apple Event. Hahaha. So is THIS what it’s really about?🤣— 🆃🆁🆄🅳🆈 (@thetrudz) March 25, 2019
last month: spielberg is the guy who got mad when a movie from a streaming service won an award— dan seifert (@dcseifert) March 25, 2019
this month: spielberg is on stage at an apple event to promote… a new streaming service?https://t.co/Xmi4y8lwLK
And the mystery about why Spielberg hates Netflix is suddenly revealed.— ᴡʜʏ ɪs ASHLEY LYNCH ᴏɴ ᴍʏ ᴛʟ (@ashleylynch) March 25, 2019
Steven Spielberg to Apple after dragging Netflix pic.twitter.com/lSU2mDFXd3— Ira Madison III (@ira) March 25, 2019
Steven Spielberg - the guy who doesn’t want Netflix to be able to win awards - is making content for Apple. The audacity... #AppleEvent— Dustin (@DMAdust) March 25, 2019
From Netflix Hater to Apple Ambassador: The Steven Spielberg Story— Alison Herman (@aherman2006) March 25, 2019
Wait.— Nash but with like jet boots and stuff (@Nash076) March 25, 2019
Wait, wait wait.
Was Spielberg shitting on Netflix about the Oscars *while he was quietly working for Apple's unannounced streaming service?* pic.twitter.com/hNMvdNnPYg
Apple is so anti-Netflix they got Steven Spielberg #AppleEvent— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) March 25, 2019
I assume Spielberg wants to ban all Apple original films from Oscar consideration.— Matt Patches (@misterpatches) March 25, 2019
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