‘Tenet’ director, Christopher Nolan, has voiced his opposition to Warner Bros. dropping its 17-film lineup to HBO Max on the same day the films hit theaters.
As theaters continue to shutter thanks to COVID-19, Warner Bros. dropped a bombshell earlier this week by announcing that it’d launch all its 17 films coming throughout 2021 on the same day they’d hit theaters.
This decision rocked Hollywood with massive films now out in the open for anyone with an HBO Max subscription able to view once it drops on the platform instead of having to wait for a few months to view it on the platform for the simple subscription fee.
Christopher Nolan, the director behind Warner Bros.’ ‘Tenet,’ had some choice words.
“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.”
He followed it up by claiming the company is dismantling “an incredible machine” right before our eyes.
“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.”
This move of pushing 17 films to its streaming platform could be seen as a means to compete and potentially coax Disney Plus into following suit, but it’s unlikely to do so in the near future. While Disney’s streaming platform, which vastly outweighs HBO Max, has seen the company focusing on that, the studio also hasn’t forgotten its roots and where the real money is made – in the theaters.