4 Dec – When it was announced last month that "Wonder Woman 1984" was set to be released simultaneously in cinemas and on HBO Max in North America, many were already expecting Warner Bros. to do the same with its other upcoming titles.
True enough, the studio now reveals that it will be applying the same release method on all its 2021 titles.
"We're living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group," said Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff, as per The Verge.
"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."
James Wan's "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" and "Malignant" are among the movies that will receive this simultaneous release.
Other titles include "Dune", "Tom And Jerry", "Godzilla vs. Kong", "The Suicide Squad", "The Matrix 4", "Mortal Kombat", "The Little Things", "Judas and the Black Messiah", "Those Who Wish Me Dead", "Cry Macho", "In The Heights", "Space Jam: A New Legacy", "Reminiscence", "The Many Saints of Newark" and "King Richard".
Warner Bros., WarnerMedia, and parent company AT&T will be trying the new business model for a year, during which each movie will be available on the streaming platform for a month from its release date, before being removed for a period of time.
In territories without HBO Max, most likely Warner Bros. will continue releasing its movies in cinemas as usual.