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"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" Sequel Getting Netflix-First Release

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Streaming | September 30, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Streaming | September 30, 2014 |

We established yesterday with impeccable logic that Netflix users are simply superior forms of life. Today we find that they will be rewarded for their superiority, both in this life and the next.

Well okay, we don’t know anything about the next, but in this life Netflix is getting into the original movie release game. They’ve already become a player in quality television despite not being on television, what with Arrested Development, House of Cards, and all the piles of television that some of us don’t bother watching until it lands in that little red envelope of a website. Now they’re aiming to take over the movie industry too.

Netflix has reached a deal with The Weinstein Company so that other than Imax, the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be a first-run release on Netflix. That’s what they call a coup. The film is set to be released streaming in August 28th, 2015.

A more interesting bit of this news is that Netflix does not exist in China. You know, the country that this movie is being filmed in? You may have heard of it in other contexts, like the mass protests in Hong Kong that may turn into another Tiananmen? I think CNN might have had thirty seconds about that this morning, in between a special report on butt plugs and whichever attractive white girl happens to be missing this week. The idea that the film won’t make it to mainland China despite the state film corporation being one of the primary investors in the project is relatively unimaginable, but then so was Russia invading eastern European countries six months ago. We live in interesting times.

Also of note: Ang Lee will not be involved, which instantly decreases the potential that the film is as good as its predecessor by precisely 62%.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.