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Warner Bros. Dumping 2021 Theatrical Movies onto HBO Max

Warner Bros. Pictures Group will simultaneously release their 2021 theatrical movies in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming platform the same day.

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Today, the Warner Bros. Pictures Group announced that it has committed to releasing its 2021 film slate via a unique, consumer-focused distribution model in which Warner Bros. will continue to exhibit the films theatrically worldwide, while adding an exclusive one month access period on the HBO Max streaming platform in the U.S. concurrent with the film’s domestic release. The hybrid model was created as a strategic response to the impact of the ongoing global pandemic, particularly in the U.S. Following the one month HBO Max access period domestically, each film will leave the platform and continue theatrically in the U.S. and international territories, with all customary distribution windows applying to the title. All films will be available in 4K Ultra HD and HDR on HBO Max.

Their first big budget movie to launch in cinemas and on HBO Max the exact same day will be Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot on December 25, 2020. Not a bad Christmas present for HBO Max subscribers.

A HBO Max subscription is available for $14.99/month at hbomax.com.

Warner Bros. Pictures Group’s 2020-2021 expected release slate currently includes:

December 25, 2020Wonder Woman 1984
January 15, 2021Mortal Kombat
January 29, 2021The Little Things
March 5, 2021Tom & Jerry
March 12, 2021The Many Saints of Newark
April 16, 2021Reminiscence
May 21, 2021Godzilla vs. Kong
June 4, 2021The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
June 18, 2021In the Heights
July 16, 2021Space Jam: A New Legacy
August 6, 2021The Suicide Squad
October 1, 2021Dune
November 5, 2021Elvis
November 19, 2021King Richard
December 22, 2021The Matrix 4
December 22, 2021Sherlock Holmes 3
2021Cry Macho
2021Judas and the Black Messiah
2021Malignant
2021Those Who Wish Me Dead
2021Zack Snyder’s Justice League

“We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group. No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021. With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films. We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.”Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group (of which Warner Bros. is part)

“After considering all available options and the projected state of moviegoing throughout 2021, we came to the conclusion that this was the best way for WarnerMedia’s motion picture business to navigate the next 12 months. More importantly, we are planning to bring consumers 17 remarkable movies throughout the year, giving them the choice and the power to decide how they want to enjoy these films. Our content is extremely valuable, unless it’s sitting on a shelf not being seen by anyone. We believe this approach serves our fans, supports exhibitors and filmmakers, and enhances the HBO Max experience, creating value for all.”Jason Kilar, CEO, WarnerMedia

“This hybrid exhibition model enables us to best support our films, creative partners and moviegoing in general throughout 2021. We have a fantastic, wide ranging slate of titles from talented and visionary filmmakers next year, and we’re excited to be able get these movies in front of audiences around the world. And, as always, we’ll support all of our releases with innovative and robust marketing campaigns for their theatrical debuts, while highlighting this unique opportunity to see our films domestically via HBO Max as well.”Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group

About Warner Bros. Pictures Group: 

Warner Bros. Pictures Group includes Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, Warner Animation Group and DC-based film production. Warner Bros. partners with the world’s most inspiring storytellers to create extraordinary entertainment on every screen for the global audience. Warner Bros. Pictures Group has been at the forefront of the motion picture industry since its inception and continues to be a leading creative force, producing the broadest slate of films comprised of worldwide theatrical releases and films premiering exclusively on HBO Max. To date, Warner Bros. remains the only studio to cross the $1 billion mark both domestically and internationally 19 years in a row—an industry record.  

About HBO Max: 

HBO Max® is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering, with 10,000 hours of curated premium content. HBO Max offers best in class quality entertainment, featuring the greatest array of storytelling for all audiences with the iconic brands of HBO, Warner Bros., DC, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and much more.

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