ANALYSIS – by On Demand Editor James Gill
First it was rom-coms, then it was Christmas movies. Now Netflix is getting into musicals in a big way.
As well as Ryan Murphy’s The Prom, the streaming service has also signed a multi-year deal with filmmaker and choreographer Kenny Ortega, best known for creating the High School Musical franchise. He already has two musical projects in the pipeline.
Add to that Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle, who is creating a musical drama series set in modern Paris called The Eddy. Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha meanwhile is creating an original “CG animated musical” called Pashmina.
Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down may have failed to hit all the right notes, but Netflix still has grand musical ambitions.