Filmmakers Throwing ‘Under the Bus’ With HBO Max – The Hollywood Reporter

Steven Spielberg He might be open to making a movie for the streaming service in the future, but it looks like he wants to be on his terms.

The legendary director New York times In an interview posted online on Wednesday, he said he felt his fellow directors had been thrown “under the bus” by Warner Bros. surprise announcement In late 2020, all of its releases for the following year will be available on the day and date HBO Max in the midst of the epidemic. Christopher Nolan was among the notable names that criticize the decision in time.

“The pandemic has created an opportunity for streaming platforms to raise their subscriptions to record levels, as well as throw some of my best director friends under the bus because their films have not been unofficially given theatrical releases,” Spielberg told the publication. “They were paid and the movies suddenly relegated, in this case, to HBO Max. The case I’m talking about.”

Spielberg said he credits the moment with a shift in how studios plan their theatrical releases. “Then everything started to change,” he continued. “I think the older audiences were relieved that they didn’t have to stomp on sticky popcorn. But I really think those same older audiences, once on stage, the magic of being in a social situation with a group of strangers is invigorating.”

He said that audiences who take a trip to theaters today tend to feel that the trip would have been worthwhile if the movie was of a certain level. He then put the onus on “the movies to be good enough to have all viewers say that to each other when the lights come back on.”

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Spielberg said the fact that Baz Luhrmann was a fan of him Elvis It topped $100 million at the domestic box office this year. Spielberg also mentioned that viewers of the show seem to bond strongly with his new movie fablemansOscar nominee, arriving in theaters November 11.

While considering his future decisions, Spielberg said that his 2017 film the post, which starred Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep and was nominated for six Oscars, more people might have seen it had it debuted on a streaming platform. The director explained that he only recently realized that this might be a better path for his movie that tells a story Washington Post Spread Pentagon Papers in 1971.

“I don’t know if I was given this script after the pandemic whether I would have preferred to make this movie for Apple or Netflix and direct it to millions of people,” he said. “Because the movie had something to say to millions of people, and we weren’t going to get those millions of people in enough theaters to make that kind of difference. Things have changed enough to make me say that to you.”

The Hollywood Reporter I contacted a representative of Warner Bros. to comment.

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