Netflix to debut three new films in theaters, signaling a shift in strategy and ambition

Netflix has been wrestling with the film industry since it killed Blockbuster, and those struggles have only become more intense since the service began producing its own television shows and films. When it comes to screening its original films in theaters, Netflix has historically said that its projects have to be released simultaneously on its platform. That hasn’t played well with members of the film industry establishment, including theater chains and industry insiders. (Things came to a head earlier this year when Netflix, after being barred from competition in the Cannes Film Festival, exited the festival entirely.) This week, Netflix appears to have reversed its formerly ironclad policy: three of its upcoming releases — the…

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