The future of cinema may never be the same following the disastrous effects of the global coronavirus pandemic. Big blockbuster hits like Mulan and Wonder Woman 1984 have been forced to move to Disney+ and HBO Max, respectively, due to the shutdown of movie theaters all around the world. After weeks of speculation about what 2021 will look like, Warner Bros is the first major studio to completely shake the foundation of the industry. WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max confirmed Thursday that the studio’s entire slate of 2021 films will premiere on the streamer alongside theatrical releases in certain regions.
This means movie fans will have the chance to view a bevy of highly anticipated films from home. Per the initial report, the list will include Denzel Washington’s 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.
This list of films will release on HBO Max the same day they hits theaters. The film will be available to subscribers in its respective first month of release. Following the one month window, each film will leave the platform and continue theatrically in the U.S. and international territories. More importantly, the new films will be available to subscribers at no additional cost.
In a statement, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chief operating officer Carolyn Blackwood reveals the thought process behind the move. “This is a temporary 2021 plan. We have to support the exhibition with the product. We don’t think we’re changing the economics of these movies any more than the pandemic has. We’re adding another interval and period for revenue with HBO Max.”
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