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10 Warner Bros. films will straight-to-streaming in 2022 on HBO Max

In the wake of deciding to release its full record of 2021 Warner Bros. films on HBO Max under a hybrid streaming and theatrical model, it seems WarnerMedia is ready to keep utilizing its Warner Bros. assets to lure subscribers to the service in 2022.

During AT&T’s second-quarter earnings call this week, the organization’s executives were gotten some information about how the pandemic release model would shape a more permanent release system going ahead, especially as it identifies with theaters. Refering to the theatrical success of Godzilla vs. Kong as much as $463 million in revenue, WarnerMedia chief Jason Kilar reacted that while “the motion picture format absolutely matters,” the organization likewise feels “very good about the response that consumers have given it in the home.”

Kilar proceeded to say that Warner Bros. will produce 10 movies that will make a big appearance on HBO Max that very day they’re released. While it’s not satisfactory which titles these 10 will incorporate, the decision shows that pandemic has fundamentally impacted the way that WarnerMedia will handle its film releases pushing ahead. Kilar explicitly expressed that the organization doesn’t plan to get back to a film release system of the past.

“I certainly don’t anticipate us going back to the way the world was in 2015 or ’16 or ’17, where windows were quite lengthy between theatrical and home exhibition, whether it was an a la carte transaction or something else,” Kilar said. As recently declared recently when Warner Bros. reached a multi-year concurrence with Cineworld for 2021 and 2022 film exhibition, Kilar affirmed that theatrical windows for “a portion of our slate” would be 45 days.

WarnerMedia confronted significant backlash when it reported recently that its 2021 slate of movies would make a big appearance under its equivalent day streaming and theatrical release model. Theaters were not particularly satisfied, however the methodology was likewise censured by makers themselves, including chiefs Christopher Nolan and Dune director Denis Villeneuve. During the earnings call, Kilar said the industry would proceed to “evolve.”

“I think that what you’re going to see is this industry continue to evolve and to continue to innovate in ways that not only works for consumers and fans, but also works for our business partners,” Kilar said.

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‘Project Greenlight’ return from Issa Rae receives series order at HBO Max

Project Greenlight is returning. HBO Max has given an eight-episode series order to a new installment, from Issa Rae and Miramax Television. It is a reinvention of the widely praised original Miramax and HBO docuseries.

Project Greenlight will focus on the next generation of skilled female producers who are allowed the opportunity to direct a feature film. Rae will show up in every episode as an Executive Producer, giving direction and mentorship to the aspiring movie producers. The completed film will then premiere on HBO Max.

“At HBO Max, we are committed to providing a platform for diverse, up-and-coming talent, said Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president, Non-Fiction and Live-Action Family, HBO Max. “Issa is uniquely skilled in this space, and we are thrilled to be partnering with her and Miramax as a promising group of filmmakers is inspired and challenged with their biggest opportunity yet.”

Project Greenlight comes from Rae’s big new overall deal for her Hoorae at WarnerMedia.

“By relaunching the iconic Project Greenlight with the brilliant Issa Rae and HBO Max, we continue our efforts to mine the Miramax library and create exciting, groundbreaking new content as well as forge opportunities for a new generation of innovative voices to be heard,” said Marc Helwig, Head of Worldwide Television, Miramax.

Project Greenlight is produced by Rae’s Hoorae and Miramax. Issa Rae and Montrel McKay executive produce through Hoorae, alongside Jonathan Berry and Dave Becky through 3 Arts Entertainment. Amanda Klein, SVP of Development, is shepherding the project for Miramax TV. Sara Rastogi serves as a co-executive producer through Hoorae.

The original Project Greenlight was made by Alex Keledjian, created by Eli Holzman and produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Sean Bailey, and Chris Moore through their LivePlanet production organization, alongside Miramax Films.

Project Greenlight first aired on HBO for two seasons from 2001-2003, before moving to Bravo for season three in 2005. The series returned in 2015 for the fourth season on HBO. It was canceled in July 2016.

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Warrior transferring from Cinemax to HBO Max for the just-renewed third season

After two seasons on Cinemax, Warrior—the historical martial arts crime drama whose most prompt claim to fame is that its idea was initially evolved by Bruce Lee—is returning. All things considered, kind of: Rather than get back to the premium cable network that served as its home for its initial two years, Warrior will presently be progressing over to Cinemax’s streaming cousin, HBO Max.

Set in 1870s San Francisco, the series stars Andrew Koji as Ah Sahm, a Chinese immigrant looking for his missing sister in the midst of the notorious Tong Wars pursued between Chinese gangs in the city during the period. Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin, Dianne Doan, and a well-packed team of co-stars all round out the show’s cast, sketching a version of nineteenth century California simply holding on to detonate because of pressures political, racial, social, and more.

Warrior last aired new episodes back in December; it additionally holds the differentiation of being the final series to be created at Cinemax before the network quit for the day programming for great (at any rate, to some extent, because of the coming of HBO Max). Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee—who executive produces on the show—gave a statement today about the renewal and the move:

“We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to do another season, and we applaud HBO Max for understanding the importance of telling this story and for continuing to support this level of representation in our industry. I just know that my father is grinning right now to see this show he dreamed of so long ago continuing to beat the odds. We have every intention of delivering the same high level of meaningful storytelling and Gung Fu action in season 3!”

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HBO Max will launch across the world in June

HBO Max will, at last, make its international debut in June, with the streaming service set to launch in Latin America and the Caribbean. At present, HBO Max is just accessible in the United States.

The Latin America rollout is only the first phase of HBO Max’s international debut. The organization guarantees it will likewise transition HBO-branded services in Europe (explicitly, “the Nordics, Spain, Central Europe, and Portugal”) to HBO Max later this year.

The June launch will see HBO Max grow to 39 nations and domains across Latin America and the Caribbean, including Anguilla, Antigua, Argentina, Aruba, B.V.I., Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Similarly, as with the (somewhat messy) launch in the US, WarnerMedia will eliminate the HBO Go application and service altogether and supplant it with another HBO Max application that should look virtually indistinguishable from the US app. Clients who pay for HBO Go directly through WarnerMedia (or through “eligible partners”) will automatically be changed over to HBO Max — ideally with less confusion than the US rollout.

The organization guarantees it’ll have more subtleties for the Latin America rollout — including what content will be accessible, promotional offers, and more — nearer to launch.

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Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on HBO Max the same day it’s in theaters for no additional expense

One of 2020’s last large blockbusters, Wonder Woman 1984, will at the same time be released in theaters and on HBO Max on December 25th.

A press release from Warner Bros. affirms the film will be accessible for one month, and debut in theaters in international markets on December 16th. After the one month time frame is finished, the film will play solely in theaters, The Verge has learned right now. Following that, the film will enter a traditional windowing period. That implies it will head to digital retailers like Amazon and iTunes, before likely discovering its way back to HBO Max.

Dissimilar to Mulan, Wonder Woman 1984 won’t cost anything extra past the monthly subscription fee. HBO Max subscribers will have the opportunity to watch the movie straightforwardly from home. The streaming service costs $14.99 every month. The move comes as vulnerability develops about whether theaters will stay open as cases surge across the United States. Regardless of whether they do stay open, in any case, it’s dubious whether individuals will really go to screenings. Along these lines, WarnerMedia can support its HBO Max subscribers and still give individuals around the globe (where HBO Max isn’t accessible) the ability to watch it in theaters.

“To provide a comparable, a little over four million fans in the U.S. enjoyed the first Wonder Woman movie on its opening day in 2017,” Jason Kilar, WarnerMedia CEO, wrote in a blog post, acknowledging issues brought on by the pandemic. “Is it possible for that to happen again this Christmas with Wonder Woman 1984 between theaters and HBO Max?”

Recently, Warner Bros. moved Denis Villeneuve’s Dune to October first, 2021 — a move numerous industry insiders saw coming when Warner Bros. first pushed Wonder Woman 1984 from its October first release date (the latest in a series of delays for the film from the studio) to soon after Dune’s initial scheduled release. It didn’t make sense for Dune and Wonder Woman 1984 to rival each other in the box office.

The declaration additionally comes soon after theater chains Regal and Cineworld reported they would screen the entirety of their theaters basically for the rest of 2020. When MGM declared that No Time To Die, the most recent James Bond film, planned to move to 2021, there weren’t numerous film alternatives left that would get individuals into theaters during the Christmas season. Disney deferred its foreseen Black Widow to 2021. Soul, the new film from Disney Pixar, likewise moved to Disney Plus. Presently, Wonder Woman 1984 will contend with Disney and Pixar’s Soul — only not in the cinema world.

It’s clear the movie business is completing two things this year: grasping direct-to-buyer choices like streaming (Disney Plus, Peacock, HBO Max) and taking a gander at 2020 as generally a wash for the greatest movies of the year. As the world battles to sort out when things may getting back to business as usual, Hollywood is sorting out when to bet delivering its most costly movies, some of which would probably produce $1 billion in the cinema world in the Before Times.

“We are committed to the theatrical experience and we believe giving exhibitors a movie of this nature is important right now,” Kilar wrote.

Warner Bros. taken in an intense exercise with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, a film that performed well globally yet considered little to be in the US as theaters in key business sectors like Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco stay shut. The most troublesome part for studio chiefs stays attempting to sort out how individuals’ conduct may change, in any event, when life begins to re-visitation of some regularity. Will individuals actually wander out to theaters altogether to watch another blockbuster film when theaters resume, on the off chance that those venues can get by until, at that point? No one knows.

For the time being, if the films scheduled to be delivered in 2021 keep their delivery dates, at any rate that will be a pretty stuffed year. Be that as it may, nothing is sure in life any longer, and as we’ve gained from this year, film delivery dates are particularly questionable.

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Friends reunion special on HBO Max will film in March, Matthew Perry says

Friends star Matthew Perry reported that HBO Max’s highly-anticipated reunion special is being rescheduled to tape in March 2021, longer than a year after the reunion was first declared. HBO Max reveals to EW that plans are as yet being finalized, yet ahead of schedule one year from now is in fact being focused for shooting.

“Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March,” Perry wrote in a tweet Thursday. “Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it!”

The unscripted reunion special will bring the NBC sitcom’s six main cast individuals — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Perry, and David Schwimmer — back together on screen for the first time. Initially wanted to debut on HBO Max on the streaming service’s May launch date, the extraordinary has confronted numerous deferrals because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, shooting for the special was deferred indefinitely in the midst of a surge in Covid cases across the country.

“The truth is, we’ll do it when we all determine it’s safe to do so,” Schwimmer told EW in July. “There’s no question we want to do it and it’s going to happen. It’s just really a question of when will be the safest time to do it.”

The cast intends to rejoin on the first Friends soundstage on the Warner Bros. studio lot, alongside co-makers Marta Kauffman and David Crane, and think back about taking a shot at the series — which should prompt a fascinating discussion, if Kudrow is to be accepted.

“I haven’t seen some of the later episodes, to be honest,” the actress told EW in May. “And then I don’t rewatch them. So it’s really fun to talk about things. Someone remembers it one way and someone remembers something else about it altogether….Jennifer remembers everything and LeBlanc remembers everything. And I remember nothing.”

No release date for the reunion special has yet been declared. Meanwhile, Friends’ full run is accessible to stream on HBO Max.