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This is major news for Hollywood. Risky, bold, unexpected move that may have a big impact on the course of things. Warner Bros. will release its entire 2021 film slate on HBO Max concurrent with domestic theatrical runs for one month, similar to the previously announced Wonder Woman plan.
Matrix, Space Jam, Dune, In the Heights, Suicide Squad, Godzilla, Conjuring, and everything else. The studio announced Thursday day-and-date releases for its 17-film slate, which will hit HBO Max for a one-month window that starts the same day they will be available in U.S. theaters.
“After considering all available options and the projected state of moviegoing throughout 2021, we came to the conclusion that this was the best way for WarnerMedia’s motion picture business to navigate the next 12 months,” said WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar.
“More importantly, we are planning to bring consumers 17 remarkable movies throughout the year, giving them the choice and the power to decide how they want to enjoy these films. Our content is extremely valuable unless it’s sitting on a shelf not being seen by anyone.
We believe this approach serves our fans, supports exhibitors and filmmakers, and enhances the HBO Max experience, creating value for all.” Certainly pandemic changed a lot of things. We’ll see how this influence or have an impact on cinemas and movie theatres around the world.
Filmiere.com will keep you updated. The HBO Max/theaters model is a “unique one-year plan.” Executives at the company have stressed the initiative isn’t expected to continue into 2022 or beyond — it’s considered a temporary solution in response to the ongoing global health crisis