Unexploredthe film where Tom Holland recreated some of the iconic scenes from the PlayStation series, will arrive on Netflix on July 15 for US customers, according to What’s on Netflix. While apparently plenty of people have already seen the film (it reportedly grossed over $400 million when it hit theaters), this will be its streaming debut.
If you’re trying to decide whether or not to add it to your summer watch list, I recommend reading my colleague’s excellent review to see how it performs like a movie (spoiler: about as good as those old buildings that Nathan Drake always destroys). I would also add that, for a long time Unexplored fan, it certainly didn’t seem essential to me for the series, but my wife and my friend who have never played any of the games really enjoyed it. Your mileage may vary, that’s what I’m saying.
Unexplored is making its way to Netflix thanks to a deal Sony Pictures struck with the streaming service last year. Netflix lost the opportunity to have the streaming debut of a number of theatrical releases after Disney, NBCUniversal and Warner Bros. all announced that the films they produce would debut primarily on their own streaming services (Disney Plus, Peacock, and HBO Max, respectively.) Sony was one of the main remaining film companies, and it agreed to mix a lot of his films on the platform after their theatrical release. The agreement also includes Morbius, a film that flopped at the box office and was dragged back to theaters by relentless memes only to flop again. I’m sure Netflix is very excited that this is morbin moment (because they don’t have enough issues to deal with right now).
Despite the agreement and UnexploredWith the imminent arrival of Netflix, Netflix will not be the exclusive home for the list of upcoming movies and shows based on PlayStation properties. While Sony is working on a Horizon Zero Dawn show with Netflix, twisted metalthe adaptation will be on Peacock, and The last of us is coming to HBO.