Warner Bros. may have damaged one of its most precious relationships with filmmakers with its recent controversial decision regarding its 2021 theatrical release.
Christopher Nolan, who has released all of his films in the studio since Insomnia in 2002, blew the company up on Monday, December 7th, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. He offered his reaction to Warner Bros. ‘On Thursday, December 3rd, it was announced that the entire 2021 film would debut on the streaming service HBO Max on the same day the films hit theaters, rather than the usual month-long window for release waiting at home.
“Some of the biggest filmmakers and major movie stars in our industry went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the biggest studio and woke up to find they were working for the worst streaming service,” said Nolan.
The 50-year-old director of Dunkirk made it clear that he saw the decision as detrimental to the cinematic experience, let alone Warner Bros. ‘bottom line.
“Warner Bros. had an incredible machine for getting a filmmaker’s work out everywhere, both in theaters and at home, and they are taking it down as we speak,” he continued. “They don’t even understand what they’re losing. Your decision makes no business sense, and even the casual Wall Street investor can tell the difference between failure and failure.”