Netflix (NFLX) vs. Amazon (AMZN): Digital Content Giants Produce Competing Films
LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA - Amazon (AMZN) and Netflix (NFLX), two of the biggest stars in the online content provider space are engaging in what industry insiders have dubbed "Dueling Documentaries".
Netflix (NFLX) vs. Amazon (AMZN): Rival Tech Companies Square Off On The Small Screen
The paradigm in which consumers watch TV shows and movies has been dramatically altered since Amazon and Netflix have barnstormed the space traditionally dominated by big studios and entrenched television networks.
Amazon broke the news first that it has greenlit a biopic based on the life of Reed Hastings, founder of Netflix, and the meteoric rise of the company into a binge-watchers dream. Just minutes after this stunning announcement, Netflix countered with plans to begin production of a Jeff Bezos biopic, highlighting Amazon's transition from a consumer Goliath into the realm of original streaming content.
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"We're really excited to have Gary Oldman on board," said Jeff Bezos. "He's an outstanding actor and the resemblance to Reed Hastings is uncanny. If we decide to tweak the story a bit and add in some organized crime or psychotic behavior, our guy can nail it. He's just a great actor. He can do anything."
"We've got two great choices to play Jeff Bezos," said Reed Hastings. "While I'm flattered that Gary Oldman will be playing me, I think that Jeff will be psyched to have either Bruce Willis or Mark Strong bring him to life on the small screen. If we need to add some action, both these guys have it covered, especially Bruce."
While Hastings painted a rosy picture of the selection, insiders report that a bitter rivalry has developed between Willis and Strong.
"They are both really gunning for this role, pun intended!" said E! reporter Kristin Dos Santos. "Both actors have spent countless hours shopping on Amazon.com and hanging out with billionaires to prep themselves for the part. Most people think that Bruce Willis has the edge right now, but it's really close on the 'Dueling Documentary' front."
Diversity Of Choices Questioned
Last year's diversity snafu for the Oscars was roundly been criticized and it appears that optical disaster won't happen again this year. While the debate on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets had been fierce, some of Hollywood's brightest stars have questioned the industry's commitment to inclusion.
"I mean, in this day and age skin color shouldn't matter," said Jada Pinkett-Smith, who was incredible as Fish Mooney on Gotham. "Why not Taye Diggs for Jeff Bezos or Idris Elba for Reed Hastings?"
Acclaimed director Spike Lee also appeared frustrated. "I think Idris Elba would be a great choice for Reed Hastings. Anyone with a brain knows he should have been nominated for 'Beasts Of No Nation'. Samuel L. Jackson could play either role, since he is in just about every movie. Some fans complained about Sam as Nick Fury at first, but he is Nick Fury! Why is this any different?"
Netflix And Amazon Respond
"We've made it a mission to have a diverse pool of actors in our projects," said Bezos. "In this case, we just felt having a doppelganger for Reed Hastings was in the best interest of the production."
"Personally, I wouldn't mind having Idris Elba playing me," said Reed Hastings. "I understand the need for more diversity in all aspects of business, not just film. But this is a biopic and to maintain that connection to reality, we kind of needed someone that looks a lot like Jeff Bezos."