Will ‘The Greatest Showman’ Come to Netflix?

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Following the release of the recent musical drama The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman as the circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. We thought it would be an idea to take a little look whether this blockbuster smash will be available to stream on Netflix anytime in the future. 

This is Michael Gracy’s directorial debut and has been met with staggeringly positive reviews, even being nominated for an Oscar. The film follows the life and ambitions of Phineas Taylor Barnum, who rose up from absolutely nothing to create the very first circus, focussing on the weird and wonderful. Being a musical, it goes without saying that the film has a fantastic soundtrack full of amazing musical and acrobatic talent.

The lead role of Barnum is skillfully performed by Hugh Jackman and is accompanied by Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya. If you aren’t particularly familiar with Barnum and what he was known for, we’ll give you a little bit more background detail to catch you up. Moving to New York City in 1834 P.T. soon realised that many people had a pure fascination surrounding human curiosities and the strange. He bought a museum and started to display odd exhibitions to capture the intrigue and imagination of the public. For example the well known Feejee mermaid, a half monkey, half fish body. But the aspect that the film mostly focuses on is the so-called “freaks” and outcasts that Bartrum hires and brings together in fantastic performances.

Now to the question everyone is really interested in. Will The Greatest Showman be coming to Netflix? This might be a little hard to estimate because of the current climate between Fox, Disney and Netflix. But we’ll do our best by looking at the companies behind this project and some other aspects that might determine it’s arrival.

One of the main production companies behind this movie was Twenty Century Fox which has recently had its movie and TV assets bought by Disney. In the light of Disney also announcing the imminent arrival of their own streaming service it’s unclear whether FOX films like ‘The Greatest Showman’ will be brought to that opposed to sites like Netflix and Hulu.

Despite this, at the moment we can say it’s about 50/50 chance that ‘The Greatest Showman’ will come to Netflix. But if it does we should see it on our Netflix screens by Early Summer 2019.

Of course, we will keep this article updated if there any significant changes that could affect the likeliness of The Greatest Showman coming to Netflix in the future. So we recommend you keep this article bookmarked.

Would you love to see The Greatest Showman on Netflix as soon as possible? Let us know in the comment below. 


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Alex Hirlam has been a contributor to What's on Netflix and provided weekly roundups for Australia and Canada as well as other features. Alex came to What's on Netflix for an apprenticeship where he spent a year and a half maintaining the libraries of the two regions as well as contributing content. Resides in Norwich, UK.