Lights... Camera... Delayed?
By Mateen Sharifi
COVID-19’s self-isolation has challenged many of us to find ways to keep ourselves entertained throughout the day, and one of the most common ways we have done so is through movies. Consequently, this produces the question of when new movies will be released. The answer to this question is that… well there isn’t really an answer. Billions of dollars have already been put into the production of countless blockbuster movies, and watching production companies frantically attempt to recuperate such losses is like watching a circus fall apart before your eyes.
Disney, for example, started off the pandemic by releasing Mulan on their Disney+ streaming service. While many would find this to be the most logical solution, evidently Disney did not, as they decided that only after paying the $6.99 monthly subscription fee would you be able to rent the movie for an additional $29.99. Now if you’re thinking, “Hmm, that kind of seems like a scam,” I promise you you’re not alone, as it’s not surprising to see that Mulan lost Disney over $130 million. One might be wondering how Disney is attempting to recuperate their losses, and their solution is evidently clear: push back every movie to the point of no return. Take the Avatar series into consideration. Based on the fact that Avatar 2 was originally scheduled to release 12 years after the first, it doesn’t seem to be that far of a stretch to assume that with its delay we won’t be seeing Avatar 2 until 2030. Who knows, maybe with all these delays Disney will finally get around to releasing 2012’s universally dreaded Yellow Submarine remake (whatever you do, do not search up images of this movie… ).
Warner Bros., on the other hand, has done something incredibly unique. They have chosen to not only release all their 2021 movies in theaters but also to release them on HBO Max simultaneously. While this move may appeal to many consumers, it could effectively kill movie theaters. Christopher Nolan, who has directed nine Warner Bros. films, including The Dark Knight and Tenet, spoke against the company with some strong words: “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.” Well… that was harsh. Although it seemed unnecessarily aggressive, Nolan’s criticism goes to show how many members of the entertainment industry truly feel about streaming service releases. This may have started with people’s desire to watch new movies, but grab your popcorn and sit back, because the disaster unfolding in front of us may be just as entertaining.