No wonder, the global pandemic has changed the face of traditional cinema!
As per the latest development, every 2021 Warner Bros. film will now debut on HBO Max and in theaters simultaneously.
Making an official announcement on Thursday, the Warner Bros. Pictures Group said that “Its entire 2021 film slate will open via a 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.”
Furthermore, following the one-month HBO Max streaming run, all the films will continue to play exclusively in theaters with all customary distribution windows applying to the title.”
While being subject to reshuffle in the schedule, the 2021 release list has a number of much-anticipated films on it including Dune, Matrix 4, and The Suicide Squad.
The other films for the 2021 release slate include:
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, Reminiscence, Malignant, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, and Cry Macho.
WarnerMedia Chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff said in a statement: “We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group. No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021.”
“With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in the exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films,” Sarnoff added.
“We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.”