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Warner Bros. Reveals New Hybrid Distribution Model

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The Press Release:
We have big news to share. As many of you know, Wonder Woman 1984 is going to be released worldwide in theaters later this month. In the United States, we will also be making the movie available on HBO Max at no extra cost the same day that Wonder Woman 1984 premieres in theaters (for the first month of the film’s release).

We are announcing today that, in the United States, the entire anticipated 17-film 2021 Warner Bros. motion picture slate is going to be released throughout the coming year in theaters and on HBO Max the same day. That’s a Warner Bros. motion picture just about once every three weeks. Said another way, when we release 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, Reminiscence, Malignant, Dune, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, Cry Macho and Matrix 4 in theaters around the world in 2021, in the United States, we will also be releasing them the same day on HBO Max, at no extra cost, for the first month of each film’s release. This 43-second video does a far better job than I could ever do communicating this news, so take a look:

As I mentioned in my post from a few weeks ago, we see an opportunity to do something firmly focused on the fans, which is to provide choice. Whether that choice is to enjoy a great new movie out at the cinema, to open up HBO Max, or to do both. For more visibility and context into our thought process, please do read the post here.

We are so excited for the year ahead, which for us begins with the release of Wonder Woman 1984 in a few weeks (less than 22 days from now, but who’s counting?). 17, yes, 17 huge motion pictures are planned to be both in theaters and on HBO Max.

And on the subject of HBO Max, there are so many amazing HBO original series and Max originals I’m excited about. The Tiger Woods HBO documentary arriving in January is incredible. And this little thing called Zack Snyder’s Justice League coming in a few months as well 😊. Oh, and the return of Succession and the highly-anticipated Friends Reunion. We also have a great new crime drama coming called No Sudden Move from Oscar- and Emmy-winning director Steven Soderbergh. And then there is Mare of Easttown starring Kate Winslet. Plus, the new Gossip Girl, which I think is going to make so many fans go crazy (in a good way). And…ok, I’ll stop there, but I have only scratched the surface in terms of the new releases HBO Max has in store. Maybe I should do another post on the bonkers library of movies and series on HBO Max?

Before I end this post, I want to say that none of this would be possible without the hard work of so many people at WarnerMedia. I am so proud of how this amazing team is inventing and collaborating on behalf of customers, blazing new ground with each passing day. As a team, we are all extremely fortunate that we get to do what we do each day, which is to move the world — the fans, the audience — through story. We so thoroughly believe in this mission and we never take this privilege for granted.

With thanks,

Jason Kilar, WarnerMedia CEO

P.S. Principal photography starts on the next Game of Thrones series, House of the Dragon, in a few months. Look out for dragons overhead!

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: So truth be told I am a bit on the fence about this news. I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t miss sitting in the movie theater seeing one of the latest superhero or monster films but with the virus still putting all that we normally do to the side, there isn’t anyway that I will be heading to that kind of place for the duration. Based on my current cable subscription I have access to the HBO Max service and this news finds me keeping up with the premium channel instead of cancelling which I was looking to do. What needs to happen for sure is the inclusion of HBO Max on the Roku devices because there is not a chance that I will be looking to watch “Wonder Woman 1984”, “The Suicide Squad” and “Godzilla Vs. Kong” on my mobile device instead of my television. Let’s get working on that people okay? Okay so as I close this one up I wonder what you think about this and if you feel that the movie theaters we all patronize can survive such a change in the natural order. You can chime in down below in the comments section. See you next time and remember to proceed with caution out there. This virus seems to be on an uptick and that’s not what anyone wanted.

Official Websites:
WarnerMedia: http://www.warnermedia.com
Warner Brothers Pictures: http://www.warnerbrothers.com
HBO Max: http://www.hbomax.com

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