Disney’s break with Netflix may not be as final as it first appeared. After Disney announced this week that it was pulling new Disney and Pixar films off the streaming service, word surfaced that Disney and Netflix remain in negotiations about the future of some of Disney’s most important franchises.
The original Disney announcement indicated that starting with new releases in 2019, Disney and Pixar films would skip Netflix in favor of a new Disney-branded streaming service.
But Reuters reports that the companies are in “active discussions” about keeping Marvel and “Star Wars” movies on Netflix.
“Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger told analysts the company had not yet decided where it would distribute superhero films from Marvel Studios and movies from ‘Star Wars’ producer Lucasfilm, which the company owns, at that time,” Reuters reports. “Netflix is still in discussions with Disney about retaining rights to stream Marvel and Lucasfilm releases after 2019, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told Reuters.”
The report adds: “Sarandos said he expected Disney’s service to be ‘complementary’ to Netflix, which carries other family-friendly programing such as animated movies from ‘Despicable Me’ creator Illumination Entertainment and ‘Shrek’ producer Dreamworks Animation.”