Christopher Nolan may be parting ways with Warner Bros. for his next film over the increased emphasis on streaming.
As the coronavirus pandemic has continued to rage on, studios have had to make touch decisions about the release of future films. Warner Bros. went further than any other studio by deciding that all of its releases in 2021 will debut on HBO Max the same day they hit theaters. This has led to some directors stating how displeased they are with that concept, and now it seems it may send some of them walking.
According to an article from the Wall Street Journal, Christopher Nolan may be one of those to end his relationship with the studio. Most recently responsible for Tenet from the studio, and previously the Dark Knight Trilogy, Nolan is very much a believer in theatrical releases and has made his unhappiness with the streaming plan known.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Nolan is indeed looking at parting ways with his long-time studio of choice over the situation.
While no other studio has copied Warner Bros. as of yet, it seems inevitable that streaming is becoming a more and more important component of a film’s release. And thanks to the Coronavirus, many movies have been sold off to streaming companies. As we wait to see what the long-term fallout of the pandemic is when it comes to movie theaters, Nolan may find himself in a tough spot when it comes to finding a new home that guarantees him a theatrical-only release to kick off a project.
As of right now, Nolan’s next project has not been announced.