The news report indicated that Nolan will most likely look elsewhere, due mainly to his feelings regarding the HBO Max release strategy that Warner Bros. has concocted for this year. Nolan previously called HBO Max “the worst streaming service”. An excerpt from the piece reported:
“After spending years as a top Warner Bros. director, Christopher Nolan, who wrote and directed last year’s Tenet is unlikely to return to the studio with his next project, in part because he was disappointed with the studio’s hybrid distribution strategy for 2021, according to people familiar with the matter.”
The filmmaker and the studio have had a long-standing partnership, which dates back nearly twenty years, since Nolan’s 2002 film Insomnia, and just last year, Nolan’s Tenet was released in the midst of the pandemic.
Other Filmmakers Weigh In
Nolan isn’t the only filmmaker to disapprove of this strategy. James Gunn, director of The Suicide Squad, was not pleased due to the lackluster compensation offer for him and other profit participants in the film. Dune director Denis Villeneuve, via an article he penned for Variety, also blasted the decision, targeting his frustration at Warner Bros. Parent company AT&T.
He wrote: “With this decision AT&T has hijacked one of the most respectable and important studios in film history. There is absolutely no love for cinema, nor for the audience here.”
Will Warner Bros. come to regret this strategy? Only time will tell.
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