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Wes Anderson: Asteroid City director ‘shades’ Netflix ‘ruthlessly’ in new interview

Wes Anderson has criticized Netflix for being “ruthless” — seemingly without meaning.

The director who has a new movie asteroid city released later this month, directed the Roald Dahl adaptation for the streaming service, which will be released later this year.

by Anderson The Magical Story of Henry SugarBased on the author’s anthology of short stories from 1977, starring Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Ben Kingsley.

Director, who previously directed the animated film adaptation of Dahl’s The Great Fox (2009), revealed in a new interview that The Magical Story of Henry Sugar will only be 37 minutes long.

I said IndieWire that he had wanted to adapt a collection of short stories for 20 years, but “by the time I was ready to do it,” the rights to Dahl’s works were sold to Netflix.

“Suddenly, in essence, you can’t do it anywhere else because they own it,” Anderson said, suggesting that he only worked with Netflix on the project because he had to.

He then added: “But also, since this is a 37-minute movie, [Netflix] is the perfect place to do it because it’s not really a movie.”

Anderson admits that he’s “just had a good experience with Netflix,” but says: “I’m glad I booked asteroid city in the movie theater. Focus and Universal are doing it the real cinematic way. That’s how I really want my movies to be shown.”

Following his remarks, many are commenting on how subtly Anderson criticized the streaming service.

Andrew Woods wrote: “That’s great nuance at Netflix,” while David Renshaw tweeted: “Write this on Netflix’s grave.” Twitter user @duckisgod said: “Do you think Wes knows how much he just insulted Netflix?”

(Beautiful images for SXSW)

However, some say it’s “wonderful” that Anderson is advocating short film making.

“Everybody enjoys *flaming epic* on Netflix here but it was surprising when he realized that concise form is what supports him best and it’s good that Netflix could be the host that kind of project,” wrote @tjbnx, adding: “God knows theater or television has little room for one-off projects like this.”

asteroid cityreleased on June 21, is one of independenceFive of the best movies to watch this month. Find the full review here.


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