Filmmaker Christopher Nolan slammed Warner Bros’ plan of releasing its 2021 movies in cinema halls and on its streaming service HBO Max on the same day. The director said that the studio should have consulted filmmakers first.
Nolan who is working with Warners since Insomnia in 2002, told to a daily, “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 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.”
Recently in an unexpected announcement, Warner Bros said all its 2021 movies, will be available on HBO Max for one month starting on the same day they hit cinema halls the films also include potential blockbusters like Godzilla vs Kong and The Suicide Squad.
“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,” Nolan said.
“And now they’re being used as a loss-leader for the streaming service – for the fledgling streaming service – without any consultation,” he told.
“What you have right now in our business is a lot of the use of the pandemic as an excuse for sort of grappling for short-term advantage,” he also added.
However, no reaction has come from the Warner Bros’ side yet.