Warner Brothers have announced a massive shake up to the way movies are released, which will be a great comfort to those still feeling uneasy about heading to a movie theatre. Starting with Wonder Woman on December 25, and heading into 2021, Warner Bros. will release every single one of 2021 movie slate on the HBO Max service. This is an unprecedented, world first announcement, and potentially a massive hit to the movie theatre industry.
I’ll be quick to point out that all of these movies will STILL be shown in theatres; however, their HBO Max counterpart will run concurrently. This shakeup, which frankly is enormous, will give all production companies and studios a blueprint from which their future decisions can be measured. If HBO Max is able to garner an incredible number of subscriptions as a result of this move, it could spell the end for the movie theatre.
Warner Bros. is set to release 17 movies between December 25th, 2020 and the end of 2021. Here is the full rundown of films slated for release on HBO Max:
- Wonder Woman 1984
- Godzilla vs. Kong
- The Suicide Squad
- Matrix 4
- The Little Things
- Judas and the Black Messiah
- Tom & Jerry
- Mortal Kombat
- Those Who Wish Me Dead
- The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
- The Lin-Manuel Miranda Musical
- In the Heights
- Space Jam: A New Legacy
- The Many Saints of Newark
- King Richard
- Cry Macho
In a blog post on Thursday, WarnerMedia CEO, Jason Kilar, had this to say about the news:
“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.”
All Warner Bros. HBO Max films will be available to stream from their release day in 4K UHD or HDR.