Though still unable to split off a third brother, Mark and Jay Duplass have yet found another way to ensure they'll be somehow more ubiquitous than they already are. The duo have reportedly just signed a deal with Netflix agreeing that--whenever they have some time amid Togetherness, The League, Parenthood, The Mindy Project, and whatever other things they'll show up in--they'll shoot four films for the service. Netflix will finance the films, and they'll have a brief theatrical release before becoming available to stream.
It's a very similar deal to the four-picture deal Netflix gave Adam Sandler, and this has not escaped chief content officer Ted Sarandos. As he explained to Deadline, that's all part of the plan, balancing independent film with broad, woefully pandering garbage they hope will pay for the independent stuff.
"This is just the latest step in our very long relationship with the Duplass Brothers," Sarandos said. "We've been working with them almost since the very beginning, when we were red-envelope delivery. Independent film has always been a big part of Netflix, and the reason we do things like the Adam Sandler deal is so we can do things like this as well."
I guess these guys must have missed that Sony memo.