The Shape of Water is Guillermo del Toro’s brand new film set in the 1960s. Will this Fantasy Drama make it to Netflix? Below we have put together everything we currently know and estimated ‘If and When’ the movie will be coming to your screens.
Guillermo del Toro has written and directed a substantial and quite impressive number of films, including Pan’s Labyrinth, The Hellboy franchise and Pacific Rim. The Shape of Water is one of his latest projects and was released in US cinemas back on the 22nd December. Since then the film has been received well by critics due to the masterful cinematography and the deep, rewarding feeling this film leaves you with.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, we’ll give you a little more background information. Sally Hawkins portrays Elisa Esposito, a muted janitor working in a secret 1960s research center. After witnessing the appearance of an amphibious intelligent creature, Elisa forms a unique bond with it and, for the first-time in her adult life, finds someone who accepts her as she is. Elisa devises an innovative escape plan to stop the Amphibian Man getting under the knife.
If any of you have watched the Hell Boy films you might see the similarity between Abe Sapien and the Amphibious man in The Shape of Water.
There are many factors that will determine whether The Shape of Water is coming to Netflix. It is often necessary to examine the entire business of the film and determine who owns or distributes it. In this occasion TSG Entertainment and Double Dare You are the production companies behind the film and Fox Searchlight Pictures distributes it. Recently, Fox and Netflix have had some issues with their relationship. They took a lot of Fox movies and shows off Netflix. This doesn’t necessarily mean that The Shape of Water won’t come to Netflix, but it might be more likely to arrive on Hulu in the future.
Another aspect that can help, is seeing if many of Guillermo del Toro’s other projects are available on Netflix. The director, writer and producer has actually been involved in a pretty recent Netflix Original, titled ‘Troll Hunters’, an animated TV series. But apart from that not too many of Guillermo del Toro’s films are available to stream on Netflix. Despite this, Hell Boy was available to stream on Netflix before being removed last year.
Other streaming services like Hulu or Amazon Prime are limiting factors. They could easily outbid Netflix for exclusivity.
We can currently say that the likelihood of this movie coming to Netflix at this time is approximately 50/50. But only time will tell. Keep this page bookmarked and we'll update it if there is any news about The Shape of Water being added to Netflix.