Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel' will be the first film by Amazon Studios that's released without the help of a distribution partner, when it goes into cinemas this December.
Amazon is no stranger to releasing films. The Oscar-nominated 'Manchester by the Sea' was one of its stable, for example, but it's always partnered with a studio for theatrical distribution. 'Wonder Wheel' marks a departure from this model.
This makes Amazon more similar to a traditional film studio to a streaming competitor like Netflix.
Netflix grants some of its films limited cinema releases, but makes them available to stream at home on the same day. It's been criticised for this approach by, among others, director Christopher Nolan and the board of the Cannes Film Festival.
Amazon has focussed more on cinema releases. It has also worked with Allen before, for the 2016 TV series 'Crisis in Six Scenes', which starred Miley Cyrus.
The firm obtained the rights to 'Wonder Wheel' last winter. It will release it on Prime Video after it's been in cinemas. The film centres on a carousel operator (Jim Belushi) and his wife (Kate Winslet) in 1950s Coney Island. It also stars Juno Temple and Justin Timberlake.