Warner Bros. has once again changed the release dates for some of its most anticipated titles in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The films “Mortal Kombat,” “Tom and Jerry,” and the Hugh Jackman-directed sci-fi drama “Reminiscence” had their release windows adjusted in 2021. The move comes as the studio continues to tinker with its release method. usual while movie theaters remain closed and audiences continue to avoid visiting their local theaters in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
According to Variety, the video game adaptation “Mortal Kombat”, which was originally scheduled for release on January 15, will now be released on April 16. This takes “Reminiscence” from its mid-April release to a game yet to come. date to be determined. Meanwhile, the live-action hybrid “Tom and Jerry” has been moved one week to February 26 instead of March 5.
All three films will be submitted to Warner Bros. ‘A bold release plan announced earlier this month, which will see each 2021 release debut on the same day on its streaming service, HBO Max. The outlet reports that all Warner Bros. movies that fall on the streaming service will be available for 31 days before playing only in theaters until the typical video-on-demand release window is opened.
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The move follows Warner Bros. ‘decision to put “Wonder Woman 1984” on HBO Max this month, in addition to hitting theaters. The move rocked the already struggling theater industry, which has seen record closings and well below average box office numbers for this time of year.
To allay some fears, Warner Bros. called it a one year plan. The studio has generally ranked among the top two studios in terms of market share over the past decade – the most recently eclipsed only by Walt Disney.
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“This hybrid exhibition model allows us to best support our films, our creative partners, and our films in general throughout 2021,” said Toby Emmerich, then president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “We have a fantastic and diverse list of titles from talented and visionary filmmakers next year, and we’re excited to be able to present these films to audiences around the world. And, as always, we’ll back all of our releases with innovative and robust marketing campaigns for their theatrical debut, while highlighting this unique opportunity to see our films domestically via HBO Max as well. ”
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Warner Bros. ‘ The 2021 slate also includes several of the best expected movies of the year, including “Dune”, “The Suicide Squad”, “Tom & Jerry”, “The Conjuring: The Devil Make Me Do It”, “King Richard” and “Judas and the Black Messiah. ”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.