Netflix has managed to become a global force in the film industry and is now building an empire of its own in Asia.
Here’s a look at the first film from the streaming service, and why its success is being replicated across the globe.
Netflix’s film universe began with an early foray into Asian film production and an early collaboration with a local production company.
In 2010, Netflix acquired the rights to produce a limited-run of The Grand Budapest Hotel, a gritty, crime-filled and violent western.
The film was originally intended to be a Netflix Original Series (NOS) series, but the deal went to series and Netflix acquired worldwide distribution rights.
The Grand Budapest was originally set for a 2014 release, but Netflix eventually pulled the plug on the project in April of this year, citing “an unfortunate business situation” with the company.
Netflix has since decided to put its original films and original TV series on hiatus.
The Grand Hotel was then revived as an NOS series in 2018, with the same series ending in 2019.
In 2019, Netflix also made a deal with Hong Kong’s The Wasp Factory Entertainment Group to produce another limited-series film, The Woman in White, which was originally scheduled for a 2019 release, and which is currently streaming.
The Woman in Black, a remake of the 1980s cult movie, starred Natalie Portman as a woman who uses her power to control the weather, as well as a small army of aliens that she trains to fight her enemy.
The Womb, a film that starred Naomi Watts as an anthropomorphic character, followed a woman on a mission to reclaim her past from the forces of darkness.
The Womb was Netflix’s first Netflix Original film to be made outside of North America, but it is not the only film from Netflix’s original film library.
The company also made The House of Cards: Season 1, a series of five short films directed by Charlie Kaufman, which premiered in 2019 and has since been watched by millions worldwide.
Netflix is also making a film called The Wrecking Ball, which follows a young woman who is given the chance to play a prominent role in a violent revolution that ends with the death of her father.
Netflix’s films also have a large presence in the United Kingdom.
In 2016, Netflix made a partnership with the BBC, with which the company acquired the license to adapt the BBC Films award-winning British film, A Woman in a Black Dress.
The movie stars Amy Adams as a young, black woman whose life is turned upside down when she is invited to join a group of women who wear black to work in a British industrial park.
The Women in Black film series was followed by a 2018 adaptation, the Women in Blue, which starred Scarlett Johansson as a nurse, who is sent to a nursing home where she meets an older woman who has a secret past.