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Sony and Netflix ink exclusive streaming deal, starting with Uncharted

Report says financial terms for five-year deal are ‘record-setting’

nolan north and tom holland on the beach on the set of Uncharted
Nathan Drake’s two actors: Nolan North (left) and Tom Holland (right), on the set of Uncharted.
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When Sony Pictures’ Uncharted and Morbius begin streaming in 2022, they’ll do so exclusively on Netflix, Netflix announced Thursday.

The Uncharted adaptation is currently pegged for a Feb. 18, 2022 premiere, and Morbius, about the vampire/scientist from the Spider-Man canon, is slated for Jan. 21, 2022. Other Sony Pictures that will stream exclusively on Netflix include Bullet Train, Where the Crawdads Sing, and the sequels planned for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and the Venom, Jumanji, and Bad Boys franchises.

The streaming deal spans five years, The New York Times reported Thursday, and starts with the 2022 releases. (Sony and Netflix’s statement only called it a multi-year agreement.) It takes the place of the agreement Sony has had with Starz Entertainment going back to 2006. (Sony Pictures Animation, makers of Into the Spider-Verse, already had a separate agreement with Netflix.)

“Sony Pictures is a great partner and we are thrilled to expand our relationship through this forward-thinking agreement,” Scott Stuber, Netflix’s head of global films, said in a statement released by Sony Pictures. “This not only allows us to bring their impressive slate of beloved film franchises and new IP to Netflix in the U.S., but it also establishes a new source of first run films for Netflix movie lovers worldwide.”

Variety, citing unnamed industry sources, said Sony executives are also working on another movie licensing agreement, for theatrical releases, separate from the Netflix deal. Those same sources said the Netflix deal “will amount to a record-setting price tag for a pay-one window agreement,” Variety reported.

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