In a surprise move, Warner Bros. announced its entire 2021 film slate — including highly-anticipated releases like Dune and The Matrix 4 — will be simultaneously released in theaters and on HBO Max, reports Variety
(3 December, Rubin, Donnelly). The studio previously announced Wonder Woman 1984 would be released on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time, but most observers expected that to be a one-off in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its debilitating impact on the film industry in 2020. Wonder Woman 1984, Dune, The Matrix 4, and the other Warner Bros. titles will be available on HBO Max for one month. When that month is up, the movies will only play in theaters until they reach the traditional home entertainment frame. Warner Bros.' surprising decision underscores both the crisis facing movie theaters and the rising importance of streaming services. In the short term, the move will inject welcome buzz into HBO Max, which launched earlier this year.
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