Kevin Spacey is a shining beacon of light for Netflix, the bridge that led IT from the Internet's go-to place for binge-watching old seasons of TV to an original content powerhouse that's changing the very concept of television. So far he's earned himself two Emmy nominations as Frank Underwood on House of Cards, and Netflix its first four Emmy wins, three in 2013 and one in 2014. So with Amazon snatching the Spacey-starring Elvis & Nixon film for its growing Prime Instant Video service, the "original" streaming giant is probably a little miffed.
The deal is almost done and will see Amazon team up with Bleecker Street, which will release the film into theaters. Amazon has been making a big push in original content recently and has goals of beefing up its film division by offering movies via its $99-a-year Prime service just four to eight weeks after they hit theaters. So if you're lazy and don't like spending $15 to see a movie, two things that often go hand in hand, Amazon is really trying to cozy up to you.
The film stars Spacey as former President Richard Nixon and Michael Shannon as the King himself, Elvis Presley, and re-creates the actual meeting at the White House that took place between two people who couldn't have been more different. Alex Pettyfer, Colin Hanks and Johnny Knoxville round out the cast of the film, which began filming in January in Louisiana and Los Angeles. No release date has been set, and don't count on a House of Cards-style threesome between Netflix, Amazon and Spacey. Amazon paid big money for this one — it wants Spacey all to itself.
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