If you're a Netflix subscriber, or even just an admirer of the streaming platform's work ethic, you know how insane its drive to produce and acquire original material is. It's a passion that the content chief, Ted Sarandos, has made incredibly clear in recent remarks that stated at least 80 new films will be heading to Netflix's streaming library as exclusive originals. That's a hell of an order, but with some of the titles that are already slated for 2018 and beyond, it's not an impossible dream.
In fact, with the following 18 titles in mind, you're going to want to keep an eye out for what's on the horizon, especially since you'll be able to see some of these titles within the coming weeks. So open your calendar and prepare to mark down the following films for your entertainment pleasure.
Before I Wake
Mike Flanagan's Before I Wake is a perfect example of a movie that had an unusually hard time finding a platform for release. With its previous studio home delaying and eventually cancelling its release during its bankruptcy woes, the Kate Bosworth/Thomas Jane-starring film has been released pretty much everywhere except for in the U.S. But presumably around the time Flanagan made his deal to direct the Netflix adaptation of Gerald's Game, the streaming giant must have known they were the right home for this almost missing Mike Flanagan movie. So naturally, if there's a new Flanagan horror flick around the corner, we're going to want to see it.
Release Date: January 5th, 2018
The Polka King
When you put Jack Black in the sweet spot between comedy and tragedy, the man is a genius. He'd proven it previously in Richard Linklater's Bernie, and he looks like he's about to do it again with the Netflix Original The Polka King. Based on the true story of Jan Lewan, the polka king-turned-investment defrauder, the film looks like a dark comedy that borders on a sobering drama, as we see the deception progress from fruitful criminality to crippling failure before our eyes. Of course, we're also excited to see Black playing in the same sandbox as Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman and JB Smoove, too, so that's an added bonus to an already intriguing real life crime story.
Release Date: January 12th, 2018
Much like Before I Wake before it, Step Sisters was supposed to make a big theatrical debut, only to find itself without a home once its distributor started to close up shop. But just like that previous film, Netflix came in and saved the day for this dance-centric comedy that takes place in the world of college step dancing. If you took the competitive nature of Bring It On, but crossed it with a film like Step Up or Stomp The Yard, you'd get what Step Sisters is looking to do to the landscape of Netflix originals. Though it also helps that one of the producers is a Netflix star themselves, as Master of None's Lena Waithe is a contributing force to the film's production.
Release Date: January 19th, 2018