Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 Will be Netflix's First Original Movie

By Gerald Lynch on at

It's already the exclusive home of TV shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, and now Netflix is muscling its way onto turf once reserved for cinemas. It's announced that it will be streaming the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel through its platform on the very same day that it hits IMAX screens.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend is currently filming in New Zealand, and is set to premiere on August 28th 2015. It's worth noting that the film will, initially at least, be shown publicly only on IMAX screens -- if you don't have one nearby, Netflix will be the only other place to catch the film. Quite a coup for the streaming service then.

The deal sees Netflix extend its partnership with The Weinstein Company, with Netflix currently the exclusive streaming distributor for the production house's TV shows too.

"Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they enjoy an amazing and memorable film that combines intense action and incredible beauty," said Netflix's Ted Sarandos in a statement.

"We are honored to be working with Harvey Weinstein and a world-class team of creators to bring this epic story to people all over the world and to partner with IMAX, a brand that represents the highest quality of immersive entertainment, in the distribution of this film."[Deadline]