There was big news today, and to be honest, I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. This could be one of those red letters in movie history folks. Or it could just be a slip on the radar. In all fairness, the former seems a lot more likely than the latter. In short, Warner Bros. made the decision to apply the plan they put in place with Wonder Woman in 1984 to all of their 2021 releases. So next year, each of their titles will hit theaters that are open but also go to HBO Max at the same time. Read on for more …
According to Variety, it’s a one-year plan. Make it what you want. Regardless, it’s a big shift. Oscar players like Dune, In the Heights, Judas and the Black Messiah, The Many Saints of Newark and Those Who Wish Me Death walk this path. Blockbusters like Godzilla vs. Kong, The Matrix 4, The Suicide Squad, and more. It’s a seismic shift meant for these films to see the light of day. HBO Max will see the films in front of the audience, but will it mean the end of the theater experience? That remains to be seen.
Here are some of Variety’s stories:
When Warner Bros. announced that “Wonder Woman 1984” would land on streaming service HBO Max this Christmas while it debuted in theaters, many expected it to be an isolated incident in response to an unprecedented pandemic.
Instead, the studio will implement a similar release strategy for the next 12 months. In a surprising break with industry standards, Warner Bros.’s entire list from 2021 – a list of films that included “The Matrix 4,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” remake, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical adaptation of “In the Heights,” “Sopranos” prequel “The Many Saints of Newark” and “The” includes Suicide Squad “- will debut on both HBO Max and in theaters on their respective release dates. The shocking move of releasing movies on a daily basis underscores the crisis in cinemas and the increasing importance of streaming services following a global health crisis that has decimated the movie exhibition community.
Warner Bros. ‘ In 2021 Denzel will also publish Washington’s thriller “The Little Things”, the biographical drama “Judas and the Black Messiah”, a remake of “Tom and Jerry”, “Godzilla vs. Kong”, video game adaptation “Mortal Kombat”, “Those” Who wishes me death “,” The Incantation: The Devil Made Me Do It “,” Space Jam: A New Legacy “,” Reminiscence “, James Wan’s” The Vicious “and Sports Drama” King Richard “.
In the short term, the move will bring a welcome buzz to HBO Max, a Netflix challenger that launched without attracting much attention last spring. As one of WarnerMedia’s main competitors, the Walt Disney Company has bolstered its share price due to its investment in streaming offerings like Disney Plus, even though its core theme parks and film businesses have fallen into craters. WarnerMedia and its parent company AT&T will likely take the step with an upbeat Wall Street view.
As with Wonder Woman 1984, the films Warner Bros. plans to release in 2021 will be available to HBO Max subscribers for 31 days. After a month, these films will only be played in theaters until they reach traditional home entertainment settings. From there, people can rent via online platforms like Amazon, iTunes or Fandango. It’s unclear when the titles will return to HBO Max.
Stay tuned for more …