The latter half of 2020 has been awash with information of main theatrical releases coming to streaming platforms, like Disney’s Mulan on Disney+. However Warner Bros. is one-upping everybody, together with itself: each film it had slated for 2021 will launch on HBO Max the identical day it involves theaters, for no extra cost. It’s an unprecedented transfer from a significant Hollywood studio.
Primarily, WB is treating HBO Max like its personal non-public theater, which simply occurs to take a seat in your lounge. The primary-run motion pictures will probably be obtainable on the streaming service for one month concurrent with their preliminary theatrical launch, after which they are going to be gone for the same old dwelling launch interval. Like the same Christmas release of Wonder Woman 1984, HBO Max subscribers is not going to have to pay any extra charges to entry these new motion pictures.
I obtained you one thing ✨good✨ this yr:
🎁 The largest film premieres
🎁 In theaters and on HBO Max the very same day
🎁 Starting December 25 with #WonderWoman1984#HBOMax #WBPictures https://t.co/BZgFFRrrg2 pic.twitter.com/J2KBdWd9Tf
— HBO Max (@hbomax) December 3, 2020
The listing of big-budget movies that may hit HBO Max and theaters on the identical day is staggering. These are among the greatest releases on the calendar. A couple of highlights of the projected 2021 WB launch schedule embrace:
- The Little Issues
- Judas and the Black Messiah
- Tom & Jerry
- Godzilla vs. Kong
- Mortal Kombat
- These Who Want Me Useless
- The Conjuring: The Satan Made Me Do It
- In The Heights
- House Jam: A New Legacy
- The Suicide Squad
- The Many Saints of Newark
- Cry Macho
- King Richard
- Matrix 4
It looks like somebody at Warner Bros. decided that one other yr of COVID-depressed theater gross sales (or hopefully much less, if vaccine distribution is quick sufficient) was one thing of a wash, and a possibility to present the corporate’s streaming platform a giant enhance over its opponents. And it’s a large enhance: Disney+ is the one related platform that would probably match this transfer, with direct ties to a different Hollywood mega-movie catalog.
The press launch could be very particular about this transfer being for 2021, so it seems like it is a restricted take a look at run, and it might not proceed after subsequent yr. However it is a unusual time for film distribution: if it turns up as a giant win for Warner Bros., it would change the connection between theaters and streaming motion pictures perpetually.
Supply: Warner Bros. press launch