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Netflix Announces Its Summer Releases & Its Deal With Disney Beginning This Fall

Summertime = Movies. Well, on Netflix, anytime = movies…but the streaming service does see about a 20% increase in movie watching by members in the US around Memorial Day weekend. This Friday, you’ll be able to enjoy Adam Sandler’s new movie, The Do Over. It’s Netflix’s second Sandler comedy, starring him and David Spade as old friends who reunite at their 25th high school reunion for the ultimate mulligan: wiping the slate clean by faking their deaths and it’s available exclusively on Netflix this Friday all around the world.

Many long time U.S. members might recognize that summer is a time when the service refreshes a large part of their film catalog. This year is no exception, but there is one difference; a batch of non-exclusive titles are leaving while what is arriving is exclusive to Netflix among streaming subscription video services.

Disney groupIn an announcement about Netflix’s summer releases, Chief content officer for Netflix Ted Sarandos revealed today that the site will begin acquiring the rights to the latest Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar films starting this September. Titles scheduled to initially be released from those studios have yet to be announced. Netflix originally made the deal with Disney in 2012, at the time their deal with Starz ended . More recently, the streaming giant ended their relationship with Epix, which is why such films as the Hunger Games have disappeared from the site.

Here are some of the great and varied selection of films coming to Netflix’s U.S. service in the next few months:

  • June:
    • Sci-fi adventure classics Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost WorldJurassic Park 3 (June 1)
    • Academy Award Best Picture winner, Spotlight (June 22), the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered long-standing child abuse at the Catholic Archdiocese, featuring Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams.
    • Sundance hit and Netflix Original film The Fundamentals of Caring (June 24), follows Paul Rudd playing Ben, a writer-turned-caregiver, and his charge, a foul-mouthed British teen with muscular dystrophy played by Craig Roberts, as they take an impromptu road trip.
  • July:
    • The Big Short (July 6) with Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale, brings to life the collapse of the U.S. mortgage bubble in an unforgettable and amazingly entertaining way.
    • Brahman Naman (July 7), another Netflix Original film, brings the ribaldry of American Pie and takes it to India in the 1980s.
    • Tallulah (July 29), another Sundance breakout and Netflix Original, unites Allison Janney and Ellen Page, in the story of a dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife and the babysitter she hires.
    • Also arriving in July for the first time are such classic family favorite franchises such as Back to The Future & Lethal Weapon.
  • August:
    • Netflix will premiere The Little Prince, a stunning animated film based on the beloved children’s book, featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Ricky Gervais, Marion Cotillard and James Franco.
    • Also appearing: The Fast & The Furious, The Wedding Planner and St. Vincent
  • From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar. And we’re excited to be bringing you new and exclusive Netflix Original movies including Mascots from the master of low-key comedy Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) and War Machine, from acclaimed Australian director David Michod and starring Brad Pitt, in the serio-comic tale of the U.S. military adventure in Afghanistan.

And also in June, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 (the one that just ended) debuts on June 16th, nearly 3 months prior to its DVD/Blu-Ray release.

You asked for it — here’s a peek at some of the best movies coming to Netflix in the US this summer.

*** info courtesy of Netflix Media Center
Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett
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