Handicapping the Stuber Succession Sweepstakes
My industry Grand Mentioner shares the list of contenders for the most powerful job in film
In lots of ways, handicapping who’s going to get a job is the lowest refuge of journalistic scoundrels, who generally frame their pieces in some reportedly insider omniscience that God on high doesn’t posses.
In this case, the critical players, Ted and Bela themselves from what I hear don’t appear to have made up their mind. Bela is said to be talking to... more or less everybody. So the course of history is yet to be determined.
All the same, a changeover in a job like this is something worth taking stock of. Looking purely by the numbers, being Netflix film head is the most powerful job in all of film with a budget at its command that exponentially dwarfs the legacy studios.
The change happens when the Netflix film project is... maybe in transition? Say, looking at a more focused approach (although we’ve heard that before). The next appointment will tell us something about how the opaque service looks at its cinematic future.
And for the contenders, it’s a moment to take stock of the landscape — look where the land lies for the major players out there.
So knowing that trying to predict is a fool’s errand, let us rush in where wise men never go and discuss, name by name, the real-time contenders in play for the seat as relayed to me: