Christopher Nolan is not a fan of the Warner Bros. decision to release their 2021 slate of movies on HBO Max on the same day as their theatrical releases, and he has been vocal about it. On December 3, the studio sent shockwaves through the industry when it announced its plan to release its next year of movies on the same day as they would hit digital release on HBO Max. This brought into question many difficult consequences, like sacrificing box office numbers, undercompensating talent, and the threat of piracy.
Nolan has fought for his film Tenet to retain the full movie theater experience. In September, it was one of the first post-shutdown films to have a theatrical debut. In a recent statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan bashes the Warner Bros. decision:
“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.”
He goes on to say the following:
“Warner Bros. had an incredible machine for getting a filmmaker’s work out everywhere, both in theaters and in the home, and they are dismantling it as we speak. They don’t even understand what they’re losing. Their decision makes no economic sense, and even the most casual Wall Street investor can see the difference between disruption and dysfunction.”