The COVID-19 pandemic has turned out to be a huge bummer for various sectors, especially that of the film industry. As a result of the lockdown, theatres across the globe were shut for more than 6 months and that left the production houses with no other choice than to release their latest films on the OTT platforms. Well, now, the multiplexes have started to function again, albeit with all the precautions; however, the producers haven't stopped releasing their movies on the streaming giants, along with the big screens. This hasn't gone well with Christopher Nolan, whose Tenet recently made it to the theatres after a long delay.
In a conversation with etonline.com, Nolan slammed the production houses for simultaneously releasing their films on both OTT and the big screens. He said, "Oh, I mean, disbelief. Especially the way in which they did. There's such controversy around it, because they didn't tell anyone. In 2021, they've got some of the top filmmakers in the world, they've got some of the biggest stars in the world who worked for years in some cases on these projects very close to their hearts that are meant to be big-screen experiences.” The filmmaker added those films are meant to reach a wider number of audiences, however, they are now being used as a 'loss-leader' for streaming services. He believes that the decisions are taken without any consultation.
"They're meant to be out there for the widest possible audiences... And now they're being used as a loss-leader for the streaming service -- for the fledgling streaming service -- without any consultation. So, there's a lot of controversy. It's very, very, very, very messy. A real bait and switch. Yeah, it's sort of not how you treat filmmakers and stars and people who, these guys have given a lot for these projects. They deserved to be consulted and spoken to about what was going to happen to their work," added Christopher.
Warner Bros. recently announced that they will release Wonder Woman 1984 in the theatre as well as on HBO Max. The same process will be followed for all their 2021 releases. Reacting to the same, Christopher told Hollywood Reporter, "Warner Bros. had an incredible machine for getting a filmmaker's work out everywhere, both in theatres 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."
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