Christopher Nolan Reacts to WB’s HBO Max Plans


Christopher Nolan is not mincing his words over WarnerMedia's decision to release all Warner Bros. movies in 2021 on HBO Max and in USA cinemas on the same day.

Nolan, who also directed the "Dark Knight" trilogy, "Inception", and "Dunkirk", gave an interview this week to promote the upcoming digital release of "Tenet", and perhaps unsurprisingly, the recent move by Warner came up. And now they're being used as a loss-leader for the streaming service - for the fledgling streaming service - without any consultation.

As a outcome, the studio is risking the close relationships with star talent it has built up over decades - including filmmakers like Todd Phillips ("Joker"), Christopher Nolan ("Tenet"), Bradley Cooper ("A Star Is Born"), Alfonso Cuarón, Clint Eastwood and Steven Soderbergh, to name just some of the A-list directors. For him to openly speak out against Warner Bros., a studio he's worked with for almost two decades on everything from The Prestige to The Dark Knight Rises, says quite a lot about the gravity of the studio's decision.

The production company has co-financed "Dune" and "Godzilla vs Kong".

Nolan believes that this strategy has "long-term" repercussions in the cinema industry as a whole, as it may prompt other big-name studios such as Disney, Sony, and Universal to resort to releasing movies in both theatres and streamers at the same time, which, he admits to being "bullish" about, will ultimately cost filmmakers, studios and distributors alike.

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"We will be accessible through Roku and Amazon Prime and iTunes and be everywhere all at once for people to enjoy", Nolan added. "They didn't even tell the people involved", Nolan said. "A real bait and switch". Now the fact is that Warner Bros are the distributors and own the control. "Their decision makes no economic sense, and even the most casual Wall Street investor can see the difference between disruption and dysfunction". HBO Max is available only in the US, so the studio's films will launch theatrically in Canada and other regions worldwide.

"What you have right now in our business is a lot of the use of the pandemic as an excuse for sort of grappling for short-term advantage", he told Entertainment Tonight.

That said, he believes that, once the cure for COVID-19 has been discovered and vaccines for it have been mass-produced, the theatre business will get back up and running as per usual.

Tenet was the first and only major blockbuster to test the waters opening in theatres in early September after they had been closed for almost six months because of the pandemic.