"Marriage Story" had initially been set up at Amazon Studios, but after the company pulled out amid personnel changes, Netflix, which had released 2017's "The Meyerowitz Stories", quickly stepped in. "Netflix didn't wait a heartbeat," said "Marriage Story" producer David Heyman. "They loved the script, and they believed in Noah. They have been incredibly supportive on all fronts."
Having spent his entire career telling adult-oriented stories, Baumbach knows how difficult it can be these days to get people to leave their houses to see those types of movies. But while he has expressed misgivings about the streaming shift propelled by Netflix, he's been encouraged by the company's dedication to "Marriage Story," which it's giving a longer exclusive theatrical window than any other film it has released.
"I've been fortunate to find people who've supported what I want to do, and I work at a budget level that doesn't put undue pressure on them," he said. "While it's harder now in some ways, because of companies like Netflix there are also more opportunities. Yeah, I look at what's in the theater and wish that there were more movies that were made for me. But when you know where to look, there's always great and exciting stuff. So I don't know. I'm figuring out where we're all going as much as you are."
Still, for Baumbach, nothing can replace the experience of sitting in a darkened theater, sharing an intimate film such as "Marriage Story" with perfect strangers: "In a theater, you're vulnerable. You're there. It's happening in front of you," he said.
"It gives you the opportunity to give things a chance. Some of my favorite movies, maybe you don't know right away what you think. Then, when you come to it, you love it that much more. Because, in a way, you found it." ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.