Published Dec 03, 2020With movie theaters' pandemic troubles only getting worse, WarnerMedia has made the bold move of announcing that its entire 2021 film schedule will premiere on HBO Max. This includes biggie releases such as Dune, Matrix 4, Godzilla vs. Kong, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad and a lot more.
Today Warner announced that all its films will arrive on its HBO Max during their respective first month of release, concurrent with a global cinema release. Following the one month HBO Max access period domestically in the U.S., each film will then leave the streaming service and continue theatrically both in the U.S. and internationally.
So after the films leave HBO Max, they will later still have a proper Digital HD and Blu-ray/DVD release before eventually returning to the streaming service.
This is the same release model Warner recently announced it would use with Wonder Woman 1984, which will be released on HBO Max on Christmas Day for a limited one-month engagement.
The full list of Warner films expected to be released with this "on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time" model include the following:
● 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
● The Many Saints of Newark
● King Richard
● Cry Macho
● Matrix 4
A press release issued today reads: "The hybrid model was created as a strategic response to the impact of the ongoing global pandemic."
In a statement, Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group said the following:
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.
You can watch a trailer for the newly announced release initiative below.
HBO Max is not available in Canada, as HBO content streams via Crave.