Chances are you saw your first Duplass brothers film on Netlfix. Back when the content streaming service was more about “streaming” than “original content,” Netflix’s Red Envelope Entertainment co-distributed Mark and Jay Duplass’s first feature film, “The Puffy Chair.”
As the years went on, Duplass films like “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” “Your Sister’s Sister,” “Baghead” and “Cyrus” were constant mainstays on the streaming service.
Now, the University of Texas alumni have signed a deal with Netflix that will give the streaming service worldwide rights to their next four films, Variety reports.
The first, an untitled project starring Mark Duplass and Ray Romano, just wrapped production. Not much is known about the other three.
The brothers have long-touted streaming as a secret to their independent film-making success. At a SXSW talk in 2015, Mark Duplass said that getting a film on a streaming site like Netflix can do wonders for an aspiring filmmaker:
“God bless VOD. This is a great thing for independent film. Please don’t reject VOD. Please don’t be afraid of it. Please don’t be attached to your early films playing at theaters. You will have no more money to make movies.”
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This new deal comes as Netflix continues to experiment with new ways to distribute and create film content — “Cloverfield Paradox” dropped on Super Bowl Sunday mere hours after a new trailer was unveiled, and the Will Smith fantasy vehicle “Bright,” released in December, was either a huge success or a massive failure for the streaming giant, depending on who you talk to. But Netflix has already ordered a sequel, so there’s that.
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“Turns out when you make films for Netflix, millions of people all over the world watch them. This is not a terrible thing for an independent filmmaker,” the Duplass brothers told Variety . “As Netflix continues to grow and develop new ways to reach viewers, we couldn’t be more thrilled to grow our partnership.”
Current Duplass brothers films available for streaming on Netflix right now include “Blue Jay,” “Creep,” “Creep 2” and “The Lazarus Effect.”