Steven Spielberg may be open to making a movie for a streaming service in the future, but it sounds like he wants it on his terms.
Legendary director told New York Times in an interview published online Wednesday that he feels his fellow filmmakers have been ripped off by Warner Bros. ‘thrown under the bus’. ‘ surprise announcement in late 2020 that all releases for the following year will be available daily on HBO Max. Christopher Nolan was one of the notable names who criticized the decision at the time.
“The pandemic has given streaming platforms an opportunity to boost their subscriptions to record levels and also throw some of my best filmmaker friends under the bus because their movies aren’t showing in the UK. theater at random,” Spielberg told the publication. “They paid off and the movies suddenly dropped, in this case HBO Max. The case I am talking about”.
Spielberg said he attributed the timing to a change in the way studios plan their films to theatrical. “And then things started to change,” he continued. “I think older audiences are relieved that they don’t have to step on sticky popcorn. But I really believe that those same older audiences, once they’re in the theater, the magic of a social situation with a group of strangers is the tonic.”
He said that moviegoers today tend to feel that the trip is worth it if the film is of a certain caliber. He then insisted that “the movies have to be good enough to get all audiences to say it to each other when the lights come back on.”
Spielberg said he was encouraged by the fact that Baz Luhrmann Elvis topped $100 million at the domestic box office this year. Spielberg also mentioned that moviegoers seem to be connecting strongly with his own new film Fabelmansan Oscar nominee will hit theaters on November 11.
While pondering his future decisions, Spielberg said that his 2017 film Post, which starred Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep and was nominated for six Academy Awards, could have been viewed by more people if it had debuted on a streaming platform. The director explained that he recently realized that this could be a better avenue for a film to tell his story. washington articles publish Pentagon Papers in 1971.
“I don’t know if I’ll be given that script after the pandemic, if I want to make that movie for Apple or Netflix and give it to millions of people,” he said. “Because the movie has something to say to millions of people, and we will never get those millions into enough theaters to make that difference. Things have changed enough to make me tell you that.”
The Hollywood Reporter contacted a representative of Warner Bros. to comment.