Nolan says, “no” to streaming Theatrical Releases!
After the news broke of the highly anticipated Wonder Woman 84, arriving this Christmas courtesy of Warner Bros’ Streaming service HBO MAX and in theaters, however the critically acclaimed director behind the Dark Knight trilogy, is not happy!
During an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Director and Producer Christopher Nolan chimed in on WarnerMedia’s decision to stream WW84 and other upcoming movies exclusively to their streaming platform HBO MAX
“Some of our industry’s biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service,”
To further hone in on this controversial business decision Nolan added;
“Warner Bros. had an incredible machine for getting a filmmaker’s work out everywhere, both in theaters and in the home, and they are dismantling it as we speak. They don’t even understand what they’re losing. Their decision makes no economic sense, and even the most casual Wall Street investor can see the difference between disruption and dysfunction.”
Nolan isn’t the only one who feels uncomfortable about this practice, “Warners has made a grave mistake,” according to one top talent agent. “Never have this many people been this upset with one entity.”
What may seem to be trouble for Movie theater chains, can be a business opportunity for Warner Bros to recoup any lost earnings for lack of a better word, “Straight-to-Video”.
In a pandemic world where there’s a huge uptick of corona cases on its way, most sensible individuals would rather steam a movie within the comfort of their own home as opposed to watching a movie surrounded by other cinemphiles while breathing through an uncomfortable mask.
This wasn't the first time a major film slated for theatrical release has been routed to digital distribution, Disney previously had showcased Mulan for their Disney+ streaming service, however, Black Widow has been pushed back for May, 2021 when it’s safe to go to the theaters.
Note that, this is only a temporary phase until both the economy is back on its feet and more importantly, the Coronavirus pandemic is over and done with. It will also decide whether or not moviegoers prefer watching a movie in a crowded venue or on the couch with a big screen 4K LED television complete with Dolby Atmos soundbars, where I watched the first 15 minutes of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, and came away bored. Feel free to deduce my opinions and add your own on this subject.