Netflix is teaming up with the wolf of Wall Street. The streaming service has announced Leonardo DiCaprio will make documentaries that will premiere on Netflix. But they couldn't be more different than his exploits as Jordan Belfort.
DiCaprio and his production company Appian Way will partner with Netflix to make documentaries and docu-series with an environmental and conservation bent. As well as producing new documentaries, they will also acquire existing projects.
DiCaprio has form in this area. He previously worked with Netflix on 'Virunga', a documentary about the conservation work of rangers in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. British firm Soco International started exploring for oil within the UNESCO World Heritage site. Meanwhile, a renewed civil war was raging.
'Virunga' was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
"Working with Netflix on 'Virunga' has sparked a shared vision about projects that we want to develop and bring to viewers," DiCaprio said.
"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 film-makers doing urgent and important work the chance to have their films seen immediately by audiences all around the world."
Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, added: "We look forward to building on our shared success with more thought-provoking, high-quality documentaries and docu-series."