Leonardo DiCaprio, Netflix Make Documentary Deal

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After a highly successful first date, Netflix and Leonardo DiCaprio have decided to take their relationship to the next level.

The streaming company has inked a deal with the actor/producer and his production company Appian Way for a multi-year run of documentary films and series. According to Deadline, "DiCaprio’s goal is to mix philanthropy with film making and generate focus with topical and provocative environmental and conservation themes."

He will serve as producer or executive producer on all projects.

DiCaprio's Appian Way and Netflix have already team up once, with last year's Virunga – a documentary about endangered gorillas at Virunga National Park in the eastern Congo. It was nominated for an Oscar.

“Working with Netflix on Virunga has sparked a shared vision about projects that we want to develop and bring to viewers. There’s never been a more critical time for our planet or more of a need for gifted storytellers to help us all make sense of the issues we face. Through this partnership with Netflix, I hope to give documentary filmmakers doing urgent and important work the chance to have their films seen immediately by audiences all around the world," said DiCaprio in a statement.

This makes the third high-profile deal Netflix has made for multiple years of content. First, it signed on Adam Sandler for a four-film deal. The first of those, Ridiculous 6, has a pretty impressive cast lined up. Netflix also signed the Duplass brothers to a four-picture deal.

In terms of straight acquisitions, the company recently snagged a new series from Baz Luhrmann, a war drama starring Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan, and Pee-wee Herman's new film.

Image via Leonardo DiCaprio, Facebook

Josh Wolford
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