On Thursday morning Warner Bros. announced its gargantuan decision to release its entire 17-film slate for 2021 on HBO Max, their underperforming streaming service, as well as in theaters, much to the chagrin of big industry players.
Many filmmakers, talent agents, and other executives were left scrambling when they heard the announcement, stating that Warners Bros. decision was a “grave mistake.” The shocking news also left them and moviegoers to wonder how movie theaters were going to survive this pandemic, or whether or not this was a permanent decision. Many were hoping for an influential voice to speak about Warner Bros. abrupt and large-scale decision. Enter Christopher Nolan.
Nolan, who helmed the action-thriller Tenet for Warner Bros. this past summer, said in a statement made to The Hollywood Reporter that “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 continued, stating that “Warner Bros. had an incredible machine for getting a filmmaker’s work out everywhere… and they are dismantling it as we speak” and that their decision “makes no economic sense…”
Nolan, however, was not the only director to share his thoughts on the subject. Jon M. Chu, director of Crazy Rich Asians and the upcoming Warner Bros. film In the Heights, announced that he was “shell-shocked” after learning of the company’s decision.
For more information on Nolan’s response and additional news about Warner Bros. decision, visit The Hollywood Reporter here.