M. Evening Shyamalan would not endorse WarnerMedia’s HBO Max plan in any respect: that is not the reply
Late last year, WarnerMedia announced that all upcoming films will be streamed simultaneously with their theatrical release on HBO Max. Since then, some well-known filmmakers, from Christopher Nolan to Denis Villeneuve, have openly and bitterly criticized the studio for watering down the theater experience. In a recent interview, The Sixth Sense was directed M. Night Shyamalan also expressed displeasure with Warner’s move.
“You just have to guess how I’ll react to it. I don’t support it at all. Not at all. And most of all without talking to the filmmakers. Ridiculous. [It’s] Obviously business minded and I feel bad for all of my co-workers who figured this out and are now dealing with it. That’s not the answer. That is certainly not the answer, and I very much hope we will all be back in theaters soon. Three months, four months, five months, whatever it is. And that both can exist side by side; that we have high-end entertainment at home and high-end entertainment when we want to go out. There is no need to cannibalize one for the other. ”
WarnerMedia has defended its position by indicating that it is unlikely that theaters will return to normal capacity by the end of 2021. With the new regime, films will continue to open in theaters while those who wish to watch the films at home can do so too.
A special point for filmmakers, as Shyamalan points out, is that Warner took such a big step without first consulting their creative partners. Judd Apatow made similar remarks against the studio, in which he described their behavior as “disrespectful” to the other people who were involved in the fate of their films.
“It’s a bit shocking that one studio can’t name anything like anyone for the entire list. It’s the kind of disrespect you hear about in show business history. But to do that to every single person you work with, is really something breathtaking. It creates a financial nightmare because most people get residuals – they get backend points. What they make of it for years and years of hard work is usually based on the success of their movies. And so what does it mean Well, when a movie goes straight to streaming? How do they decide what to pay for? Do you even have a contract to negotiate with, or is it really just up to you at that point? It brings up thousands of questions, of which I am sure are very complicated. ”
There are rumors that Warner plans to appease the filmmakers who work for them by sending huge payouts to everyone involved, regardless of whether a film is doing well at the box office or not. This is a temporary fix at best, and it remains to be seen how long Warner will be able to stick with its new release strategy without dispelling talent. This news was first reported on Fandom.com.
Topics: HBO Max, Streaming, Cinemas, Box Office