Los Angeles: In a stinging critique of Warner Bros over the plan to launch to its movies each theatrically and on HBO Max, filmmaker Christopher Nolan mentioned the studio’s determination is motivated by its quest to save lots of the “fledgling streaming service”. Last week, Warner Bros had introduced that will probably be releasing its total slate of movies for the 12 months 2021 each theatrically and on HBO Max. Among the movies which can be set to be out there each theatrically and on HBO Max are big-budget tentpoles corresponding to Denis Villeneuve”s “Dune”, “The Suicide Squad”, monster film “Godzilla vs Kong”, and Keanu Reeves-starrer “The Matrix 4”.
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Nolan mentioned he’s in “disbelief” over the studio’s determination. “Oh, I mean, disbelief. Especially the way in which they did. There’s such controversy around it, because they didn’t tell anyone. In 2021, they’ve got some of the top filmmakers in the world, they’ve got some of the biggest stars in the world who worked for years in some cases on these projects very close to their hearts that are meant to be big-screen experiences. “They’re meant to be out there for the widest possible audiences… And now they’re being used as a loss-leader for the streaming service — for the fledgling streaming service — without any consultation,” Nolan mentioned.
The 50-year-old filmmaker referred to as the Warner Bros’ plan a “real bait and switch”. “It’s sort of not how you treat filmmakers and stars and people who, these guys have given a lot for these projects. They deserved to be consulted and spoken to about what was going to happen to their work,” he added.
Nolan has a long-standing partnership with Warner Bros, courting again to 2002 when he launched his third directorial “Insomnia” with the studios. Since then, the filmmaker has made his critically-acclaimed options corresponding to “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception”, “Interstellar”, “Dunkirk” and most just lately “Tenet” with the studio.
In a separate assertion to The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan determined to double down on his criticism as he labelled HBO Max the “worst streaming service” and studio is “dismantling” the theatrical expertise. “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,” Nolan mentioned.
“Warner Bros. had an incredible machine for getting a filmmaker’s work out everywhere, both in theatres 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,” he added. Representatives for Warner Bros. and HBO Max are but to touch upon Nolan’s remarks.
The studio’s announcement got here weeks days after it determined that Gal Gadot-starrer “Wonder Woman 1984”, a sequel to 2017 blockbuster “Wonder Woman”, will debut on HBO Max in addition to film theatres on Christmas. Like “Wonder Woman 1984”, the 17 movies that Warner Bros plans to launch in 2021 might be out there to HBO Max subscribers for 31 days. After the one-month mark, the movies will solely play in theatres.
At the time, Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, which incorporates Warner Bros. Pictures, had termed the corporate’s hybrid mannequin as a “unique one-year plan”. “With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theatres or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films,” Sarnoff had mentioned.