The way we view movies will be changed in 2021! At least Warner Bros films. The studio is shaking up the movie viewing landscape and offering new films to debut in theaters & its streaming service, HBO Max, ON THE SAME DAY!
Warner Bros. Pictures Group has committed to releasing its 2021 film slate via a unique, consumer-focused distribution model in which Warner Bros. will continue to exhibit the films theatrically worldwide, while adding an exclusive one month access period on the HBO Max streaming platform in the U.S. concurrent with the film’s domestic release.
The hybrid model was created as a strategic response to the impact of the ongoing global pandemic, particularly in the U.S. Following the one month HBO Max access period domestically, each film will leave the platform and continue theatrically in the U.S. and international territories, with all customary distribution windows applying to the title.
All films will be available in 4K Ultra HD and HDR on HBO Max. This announcement was made by Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group (of which Warner Bros. is part) and Jason Kilar, CEO, WarnerMedia.
Warner Bros. Pictures Group’s 2021 expected release slate currently includes The Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom & Jerry, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In The Heights, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Reminiscence, Malignant, Dune, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, Cry Macho and Matrix 4.
Now the big question is, where does this leave theaters? As chains like AMC & Regal continue to flounder this could lead to many theater closures and an industry that could be decimated within a year’s time. Will this cause films to change how they are made? Will budgets begin to get smaller? Will actors still be paid an absorbent amount of money? How will studios make money? All these questions remain to be seen.
But at least we get to watch Wonder Woman 1984 at home on Christmas Day…