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Warner Brothers Will Send 2021 Slate to HBO Max and Theaters

Labor News, Industry News

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Aaron Couch and Pamela McClintock on December 3, 2020.

Warner Brothers is plotting a sweeping response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has shuttered movie theaters around the country. After announcing that Wonder Woman 1984 will go to HBO Max as well as theaters December 25, the studio has laid out a similar path for its 2021 slate amid uncertainty about when moviegoing will get back to normal.

The studio announced Thursday day-and-date releases for its 17-film slate, which will hit HBO Max for a one-month window that starts the same day they will be available in U.S. theaters.

The studio’s 2021 slate includes projects such as The Suicide SquadThe Matrix 4Dune, Godzilla vs. Kong and Space Jam: A New LegacyOther films include Little ThingsJudas and the Black MessiahTom & JerryMortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In the Heights, Reminiscence, Malignant, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard and Cry Macho.

The unprecedented move is likely to catch theater owners off guard and upsets a model that has been in place for decades. Warner Bros. stresses that these are pandemic-only rules, but once something is broken, can you really put it back together again? This also raises serious concerns about the landscape of moviegoing in 2021. …

THR 12/3

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