By: John M Jerva
In the ever changing landscape of how films will be released due to the pandemic and theaters operating at a skeleton capacity, Warner Bros. has made a huge and monumental announcement stating that their entire 2021 release slate will hit theaters and HBO Max simultaneously. This comes on the heals of the film studio releasing Wonder Woman ‘84 on Christmas Day in cinemas and the streaming service.
Indie Wire brought the word stating “Warner Bros. has the following films included on its 2021 slate for now (release dates could change, of course): “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.”
Noteworthy action and genre pics to take notice are Matrix 4, Dune, Godzilla vs. Kong, The Suicide SQuad and the Mortal Kombat reboot. Also in the article it is stated that the films will be featured on HBO Max for an “exclusive one month access period on the HBO Max streaming platform in the U.S. concurrent with the film’s domestic release.”
After the one month is up, the films will continue to run in theaters and eventually hit the home video maket and VOD like normal.
“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,” said WarnerMedia Chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff. “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.”
The horizon is definitely uncertain for the film industry and anything for that matter but at least the movies will still be seen in the big screen like they were intended to be but it’s nice to give people the option who don’t want to venture out to view the films.