Warner Bros. plans to use its Wonder Woman 1984 HBO Max-release model for its entire 2021 slate, which includes The Suicide Squad and The Matrix 4.
With Wonder Woman 1984 hitting both theaters and HBO Max on Christmas day, Warner Bros. has revealed that it has commited to releasing its entire 2021 slate with a similar model. The studio’s 2021 slate currently includes 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.
WarnerMedia Chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff had this to say regarding the hybrid release model, which was created due to the ongoing crisis caused by the pandemic:
“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. 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. With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films. We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.”
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar added the following on the matter:
“After considering all available options and the projected state of moviegoing throughout 2021, we came to the conclusion that this was the best way for WarnerMedia’s motion picture business to navigate the next 12 months. More importantly, we are planning to bring consumers 17 remarkable movies throughout the year, giving them the choice and the power to decide how they want to enjoy these films. Our content is extremely valuable, unless it’s sitting on a shelf not being seen by anyone. We believe this approach serves our fans, supports exhibitors and filmmakers, and enhances the HBO Max experience, creating value for all.”
Earlier this week, Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins announced that the DC Films project would be the first feature on HBO Max available in 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. All the of 2021 Warner Bros. films released via the hybrid model will available on 4K Ultra HD and HDR.
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