By announcing that its 2021 feature list would be released in theaters and on HBO Max at no additional cost (US only), many feared WarnerMedia was setting a dangerous precedent, but fans were blown away by Aquaman 2, DC Don’t worry about the release. .
It was certainly possible that, after a year of watching the biggest movies, including Mortal Kombat, Godzilla vs. Kong and more, from the comfort of their homes, people would no longer be so interested in returning to theaters in 2022, when the plan arrived. . till the end.
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If you ask people who are making films for studios scheduled for 2022, they don’t think there is going to be any change in audience interest.
Aquaman 2 director James Wan has apparently confirmed that his sequel will not be released simultaneously on HBO Max, instead having a period of cinema exclusivity.
“This movie has to be shown on the biggest screen in the world, and the studio understands that, too,” Wan told the Los Angeles Times in a new article about Warner Bros. Reported by Spencer Perry in Comic Book.
The article in question contains some other interesting quotes about the studio’s business, including a revelation by the chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, Toby Emmerich, while there was a theory that new movies on streaming services were not the main motivator for new subscriptions, Warner Bros. Prove it wrong.
“When streaming services were first starting out, the common sense was, ‘Series earn subscriptions, movies reduce churn,'” Emmerich said.
“Movies didn’t really drive people to sign. And I think right now, the perception about these streaming services is that movies are gaining weight in submissions.”
“These movies have been very helpful in acquisitions and more helpful in retention than we’ve ever seen or expected,” said Andy Forsell, head of HBO Max.
With these quotes in mind, it is certainly possible that Warner Bros. Might be considering changes to its plans for 2022, but with a lineup already including Batman, Black Adam, The Flash, the third Fantastic Beast movie and blockbusters like the aforementioned Aquaman 2, it’s very difficult for studios to skip the release of these productions. is. .In theaters if only for a short period of exclusivity.
The sequel is currently slated to hit theaters in December 2022 (along with James Cameron’s Avatar sequel), with production expected to begin in July 2021. Jason Momoa will be back and has previously shared that he liked the story “so much” that it even helped write it. .
“After I finished the first one, I went with my writing partner and we dreamed about the second one, we went in and pushed the idea,” Momoa said on The Drew Barrymore Show.
“The best thing I can reveal is that I love this project so much that I participated in the writing of it. And then we did the first draft and then James and our original writer, David, finished.”
“And all our hearts are on this project. Instead of just taking a script and doing that, you are being 100% encouraged by your director and co-writers. It is exciting for me and I am looking forward to start production. We will start recording in July.”
Aquaman 2 from DC will premiere on December 16, 2022.