Christopher Nolan explained why he strongly opposed Warner Bros’ decision to release the upcoming blockbuster movies.
The studio shook the whole industry and moviegoers by announcing the new business model in the first week of December. The model involves that Warner Bros. will release the movies on their streaming platforms, HBO Max, on the same day in theatres. Many industry people speculate that this decision might destroy the theaters forever, as the cinemas are already suffering a lot due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The movies will stream on HBO Max before continuing in international theatres and the United States. The streaming platform will not charge extra to watch the films, including, The Suicide Squad, The Matrix 4, Dune, and Godzilla vs. Kong. Warner Bros. did not inform and provide no prior notice to any major organization of the industry. Hence many filmmakers and other studios have spoken against the decision, including the Award-winning filmmaker Christopher Nolan.
Nolan and Warner Bros. have been collaborating for the past twenty years. Still, the director chose to be vocal against the Warner Bros. announcement. Warner Bros. has distributed some of Nolan’s major movies like Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy, and most recently Tenet.
The filmmaker is known for his unique style of direction. His movies are rooted in metaphysical and epistemological themes. Nolan’s works are mostly inspired by mathematical concepts and images, unconventional narrative structures, and materialistic perspectives. Christopher’s name was among the 100 most influential people globally, published by Time in 2015 and 2019.
He bashed Waner Bros. for shaking the pillar of the theater industry and not making wise economic choices. Nolan also called HBO Max “the worst streaming service.”
However, the director received negative remarks from the moviegoers, who criticized Nolan for ignoring the pandemic situation with the lack of theatrical experience. Now the American filmmaker is trying to defend his comments and explain what he meant.
During an interview with The Washington Post, Christopher explained why he spoke against the Warner Bros. announcement. He said that due to the streaming plan, they failed to collaborate with filmmakers and studios. He added why the studio announced in a hurry without discussing it with fellow industry members.
Nolan said Warner Bros. needed to collaborate with the other studios and filmmakers about what will happen. They did not have a conversation with the theater chains or the directors. They even did not talk to the production partners associated with the projects. And that was the reason Nolan spoke up against the studio.
Christopher Nolan is a core supporter of theaters. According to him, theaters are the only medium that provides you big-screens where the audience can have a true experience of movies and filmmaking. The director fought with Warner Bros. for keeping the release date of Tenet in September. The studio thought that the movie would bring the audience to the cinema halls, which turned out the opposite. The science-fiction movie did poorer business than expected. Learned from the underperformance of the Tenet, WB postponed its other for next year’s release. Tenet did not break even the production cost. Many speculate that Warner Bros. is proposing the new release model to minimize the anticipated loss on the high budget films to avoid the same fate as Tenet.
Nolan’s and other industry people’s disapproval is understandable, as the sudden decision has hurt the directors and studio without any former warnings. The actress Gal Gadot has received $10 million for Wonder Woman 1984 under the new model. And the studio is working out to compensate other lead actors for their films as well.
Doctors are saying despite the approval of COVID-19 vaccines; the movie theaters are not safe before one year. Hopefully, Warner Bros. and other industry members will soon find a mid-ground, and the decision won’t hurt the future of already crippling theaters. Nolan has a love for cinemas, and the filmmaker also needs time to accept the new changes in the industry.