Patty Jenkins has (Gasp!) a Reasonable Reaction to HBO Max's Streaming Plans
HBO Max has been the belle of the ball for many people this week and a kick in the dick for others. Just depends who you are! HBO Max ofcourse announced this week they would be putting their entire 2021 slate on HBO Max the day of theater release. Leaving some, specifically Tenet director Christopher Nolan feeling the pain in the crotchal region.
Nolan said earlier this week: “Some of our industry’s biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service.”
Not sure why Nolan is so serious considering his film already came out and got to have the whole goddamn theater to himself for months. But smug as he sounds he's not alone. Several of the companies involved with the films were upset that they weren't included in the decision. Which, if true is totally understandable. There's a right way to go about things. How it actually went down, we may never know. Forget it, Jake. It's China-town.
What was nice to hear amongst the open in the press fighting and foot stomping was Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins having an opinion that actually met both sides in the middle. If you can fucking believe that in the year of our dark lord 2020. Here's what she told Jess Cagle on the SiriusXM Stars channel, via Deadline.com -
“If you had told me a year ago that we would ever go straight to streaming in any way, shape or form, I would have flipped out. Like I’m not for that plan in general, you know, I’m, I’m, I’m very pro theatrical release and I will be that again, as soon as this is over. However, this is such a crazy year. It’s such a crazy year. It’s like all of us are trying to figure out with our lives, how to do everything the best we can. And so I kept saying there is no good option. Like when we would talk about it, there was no good option. Wait until when. And then every movie in the world tries to come out at the same time. And you know, there was no good option. I literally gasped a little bit when the pitch for this idea was said, because I was like, ‘Oh, the idea of it going into people’s homes on Christmas Day. I just was like, you know what, that’s actually pretty incredible to get to share whether, you know, it’s Christmas for people or not the holiday season and in this moment to just try to reach people however they can see it.”
What I love about this is that she's able to say "This sucks and it isn't what I wanted but these are the times and we have to look at the bright side" and goddammit I hear her.
I understand that it's a weird situation for movie theaters and for studios. All I know is two things. Number one, it's nice to be able to count on some entertainment to look forward to in 2021 that won't get cancelled. I'm appreciative to HBO Max for that. Covid probably can't take this awesome slate of movies from us now and that's just rare these days. Number two, I really hope movie theaters survive all this. They are really important to us.
One more time for the cheap seats......both can be true.
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