With the majority of theaters closed in the United States, Warner Bros. announced this Thursday that all the films scheduled for release in 2021 will be released at the same time on its HBO Max streaming platform – currently only available in the US and in the open rooms both nationally and internationally.
The unprecedented measure, taken in “unprecedented times” that “require creative solutions”, tries to face the social restrictions forced by the coronavirus pandemic and that do not seem to find a way out for the film industry in the short term, with the cases shot in the US and Canada. The announcement has been interpreted as a worrying precedent for the film exhibition industry around the world.
The decision affects at least 17 titles, which represent more than 1,000 million dollars in production costs (823 million euros). The list of films includes some big-budget films that have generated even greater expectations, such as Suicide Squad , Godzilla vs. Kong , Dune.
The Matrix 4 , a prequel to The Sopranos series or the film adaptation of the Lin-Manuel musical. Miranda In a New York neighborhood (In The Heights). The productions can be seen on HBO Max for the first month after their premiere.