Netflix announced that Barack and Michelle Obama are going to be gracing the streaming platform with their presence, both in front of and behind the camera. The talks were first mentioned back in March and it appears that an agreement has finally been reached. The multi-year agreement will allow the Obamas to produce a varied and diverse mix of content.
In the press release from Netflix, former President Barack Obama talked about what they hope to accomplish with this new partnership.
We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.
Obama has been outspoken about his unhappiness with the current manipulation of news and the fracturing of information. In an interview with Letterman in January, he points out the disparity in news coverage between Fox News and NPR. This looks, in some ways, to be his way of responding to and countering that breakdown of information. Considering Netflix has 125 million subscribers in 190 countries, the service massive size makes for a massive platform.
The type of shows the pair will be producing have only been speculated about. The New York Times article from March theorized that Barack may work on a project where he moderates discussion on topics that dominated his presidency. Michelle’s may focus on things like nutrition and health, which she championed while in the White House.
This announcement did not come without backlash. Within the day, a number of groups were calling for a boycott to Netflix over their decision sign a deal with the Obamas. It is not the first boycott of Netflix in recent months from the conservative media.
While there is no real timeline for when audiences will see the Obamas, the earliest it is expected is to be 2019.
Silly speculation over the Obamas upcoming shows.
While it seems completely reasonable that the Obamas will stick to more serious fare I can’t help but think of a few shows that I personally would be overjoyed to see.
A law and order type series, overseen by these two amazing lawyers, would be almost too perfect. Is it likely? Absolutely not, but it would be interesting. So would a series about shenanigans in the White House. Also, entirely unlikely.
There are a number of directors who I would love to see work with the Obamas. Ryan Coogler, the director of Black Panther, comes to mind. With Creed and Fruitvale Station both being award winning movies and Black Panther being so highly acclaimed it would be an interesting team up. Ava DuVernay and Jordan Peele would also be wonderful team ups.
The only thing I want is to see Obama with his anger translator. Just once. Even if it is nothing more than saying ‘Merry Christmas’.
Is it going to happen? Nope. Almost definitely not, but I can still hope.
How do you feel about this new project? Are you looking forward to seeing what these upcoming partnerships produce? What sort of content would you like to see come out (serious or otherwise)? Let us know.