It’s fair to say that the rules of the game have changed considerably in the past three weeks. Some nasty virus coming from some far away land has forced us to rewrite the rule book and rethink a lot about what we do and how we do it.
In the world of movies, this has been illustrated by some studios allowing the shift of certain titles onto VOD platforms as theatres everywhere close their doors in the face of the pandemic.
So far they had been movies stranded in empty theatres or mid-budget fare. Big budget blockbusters like Black Widow and No Time To Die were instead pausing their releases. The a rumor surfaced yesterday that may have signalled that everything was going to change.
The Wrap is reported that Warner Bros. had preliminary discussions about the possibility of releasing Wonder Woman 1984 to digital VOD instead of theaters. A truly premium, tentpole movie pushed out to homes rather than theatres due to Coronavirus? This would have been a complete game changer and possibly heralded a whole summer of home viewed, first release blockbusters.
Warner President of Domestic Distribution, Jeff Goldstein, denied this and stated:
“We’re looking to release the movie theatrically, that’s our plan.”
Director Patty Jenkins and producer Charles Roven were reportedly not involved in any discussions of this nature, however bylines state they have said they want to see the movie in theatres first.
Roven himself dismissed this rumor saying:
“It’s ludicrous if you consider how big a movie this is. Everybody recognizes that, as interesting as streaming might be, if you want a huge, global worldwide box office, you’ve got to release it in a movie theater.”
However he did go on to say:
“There may come a time we have to make that decision. But why not stay here as long as we can and hope for the best?. I don’t think it would be prudent to make a move until take all factors have been taken into consideration.”
Indiewire followed up on all this news by speaking to their Warner rep who was adamant the movie will make it to theatres. However with no end in sight to social distancing and this global pandemic set to be with us for the foreseeable future it is not certain, and there is clearly no smoke without fire.
Gal Gadot continues to sing while self-isolating. She also stands ready to judge you as you confess your deepest, darkest sins.