A new voice has joined the many criticisms Warner Bros. has received following its decision to release its films simultaneously both in theaters and on HBO Max. This is Christopher Nolan, a staunch defender of movie theaters who during the pandemic wrote a letter with James Cameron asking for funds to help movie theater chains in difficulty.
“Oh I mean disbelief,” Nolan told ET Online. “Especially the way they did it. There’s so much controversy surrounding that, because they didn’t tell anyone. In 2021, they have some of the best filmmakers in the world, they have some of the biggest stars in the world who worked for years. in these projects that are meant to be big screen experiences. And now they’re being used as a loss leader for the streaming service, without any consultation. So there’s a lot of controversy. It’s very, very, very, very messy. It is not the way to treat the filmmakers, the stars and the people who have given so much for these projects. They deserve to be consulted and talked about what was going to happen with their work. “
Nolan, who expressed his interest in seeing the theatrical experience recover at some point and remain an important part of our ecosystem despite feeling that the film industry is using the pandemic as an excuse, concluded by saying:
“Some of our industry’s top filmmakers and top movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the best movie studio and woke up to find that they were working for the worst streaming service. Warner Bros. had an incredible machine to make a filmmaker’s work come out everywhere, both in the theater and at home, and they are dismantling it as we speak. They don’t even understand what they’re losing. Their decision doesn’t make economic sense. and even the most casual Wall Street investor can see the difference between disruption and dysfunction. “