Netflix has signed a multi-year, first-look deal with Oscar-nominated writer, producer and director Chris Columbus and his 1492 Pictures partners, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe.
Columbus and 1492 Pictures worked most recently with Netflix on The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell, which has launched on the platform.
Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group, said: “Chris has established himself as a diverse and versatile filmmaker with his work spanning generations, genres and audiences. Following the huge success of The Christmas Chronicles I’m thrilled that we can continue the highly productive relationship we enjoy with him and his partners. I’m looking forward to the creative boundaries Chris, Michael, Mark and the 1492 team will push here at Netflix.”
“Partnering with Netflix is a thrilling and exciting opportunity for 1492 Pictures,” added Columbus. “Being able to create original content on a major motion picture scale is a rarity in Hollywood these days. But not at Netflix. They encourage original ideas and visionary filmmaking. And the icing on the cake? The executives at Netflix are great people who support some of the world’s greatest filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuaron. I look forward to a long working relationship with Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber and our guiding light, Racheline Benveniste.”
Columbus established 1492 Pictures with Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe in 1994. The Christmas Chronicles is the 24th film they have produced together, and their credits include franchises the Home Alone, Harry Potter, Night At The Museum, and Percy Jackson franchises, and The Help.