Warner Bros. to Make New Films Available for Streaming

Category: Lifestyle/Entertainment


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. the big screen / ðə bɪg skrin / (n) – the cinema, rather than television or the theater

    The new movie will be shown on the big screen next year.

  2. take into account (something) / teɪk ˈɪntu əˈkaʊnt / (idiom) – to think about or consider something

    She didn’t take into account that the loan has a high interest rate.

  3. go for (something) / goʊ fɔr / (phrasal) – to choose something

    Which shirt will you go for, the red one or the blue one?

  4. blockbuster / ˈblɒkˌbʌs tər / (n) – something that is very successful

    The director did not expect that the film would be a blockbuster.

  5. favorable / ˈfeɪ vər ə bəl / (adj) – helpful, good, or beneficial

    The work-from-home arrangement was favorable to most of the company’s employees.


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Entertainment company Warner Bros. has decided to make its films scheduled for release in 2021 available on the online streaming service HBO Max and in theaters at the same time.

Godzilla vs. Kong and The Suicide Squad are some of the movies that will be released this way. Upcoming movies Mortal Kombat, a remake of Dune, and The Matrix 4 will also be released in a similar fashion.

According to company executives, the decision was prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has restricted moviegoers and kept many theaters closed. WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group CEO Ann Sarnoff said no one wants to have films back on the big screen as much as Warner Bros. does. However, the studio also needs to take into account that theaters will likely continue operating at a limited capacity this year under the new normal. Executive Jason Kilar said the company went for same-day streaming for their 2021 movies because they believe it will benefit fans, filmmakers, and the studio.

However, Christopher Nolan, director of blockbuster movies Interstellar and The Dark Knight, criticized Warner Bros. because it did not consult filmmakers or theater operators before making the decision. Nolan said the company’s decision is not favorable to filmmakers who create movies intended for the big screen.

Rival media companies Disney and Universal Pictures have likewise adopted new strategies for their content. Disney has focused on creating movies for its streaming service Disney+, while Universal Pictures has been making movies available for streaming around 17 days after releasing them in theaters.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

• Do you think Warner Bros. should have consulted filmmakers and theater operators first before making the decision? Why or why not?
• Do you agree with Nolan that the decision is not favorable to filmmakers who create movies intended for the big screen? Why or why not?

Discussion B

• What do you think is the most challenging part of the “new normal” (e.g. limited public events/celebrations, closing of businesses)? Discuss.
• Do you think everyone has adjusted to the “new normal” by now? Why or why not?