Quentin Tarantino says Ryan Reynolds may earn $50 million for a Netflix movie, but streaming movies 'don't exist in the zeitgeist': 'It's almost like they don't even exist'
Director Quentin Tarantino criticized movies made for streaming services like Netflix.
He said that Ryan Reynolds' Netflix movies "don't exist in the zeitgeist."
Tarantino said that "the pandemic hurried everything along."
Quentin Tarantino is seemingly stepping away from the big screen after his next project, "The Movie Critic," which he recently teased is about a journalist who used to write for adult magazines in the 1970s.
Speaking to Deadline in an interview published Thursday, Tarantino suggested that his departure from feature filmmaking is in part because of how streaming services have drastically changed the movie industry.
It isn't the first time the "Kill Bill" director has criticized the state of filmmaking at the moment, previously calling the current landscape the "worst in Hollywood history."
Tarantino said that he doesn't like working for "diminishing returns," and thinks it's a good time to stop making feature films because he doesn't want to have to make movies for a streaming service.
"And I mean, now is a good time because I mean, what even is a motion picture anyway anymore? Is it just something that they show on Apple? That would be diminishing returns," he said.
The "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" director went on to say that movies made for streaming aren't recognizable, and pointed at Ryan Reynolds' work at Netflix as an example.
He said: "I mean, and I'm not picking on anybody, but apparently for Netflix, Ryan Reynolds has made $50 million on this movie and $50 million on that movie and $50 million on the next movie for them. I don't know what any of those movies are. I've never seen them. Have you?"
Reynolds has worked with multiple streamers in recent years, appearing in "6 Underground," "Red Notice," and "The Adam Project" for Netflix, and "Spirited" for Apple TV+.
Tarantino said he doesn't believe streaming movies "exist in the zeitgeist," adding: "It's almost like they don't even exist."
The director said he isn't being "negative" about how the industry has changed, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the rise in streaming movies.
"Well, I don't think I'm that negative about it. I think it had been going that way and the pandemic hurried everything along," he noted.
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