One of the most fascinating consequences of The Big Cancel has been its impact in Hollywood.
It all began with No Time To Die, as the 25th Bond film and the fifth and final to star Daniel Craig as the iconic spy was delayed until November due to the current global situation. Then, F9 was delayed for an entire year. Along the way, TV shows like Fargo have been delayed and movies like The Invisible Man have been released on digital ahead of schedule.
And now, it appears the next step in that rapid evolution is taking place before our eyes, as reports indicate that Wonder Woman 1984 — the massively anticipated sequel to Wonder Woman and one of this summer’s biggest blockbusters — will skip a theatrical run and be released directly on-demand.
With movie theaters closed across the globe for an indefinite period of time, Warner Bros. is discussing whether to take its upcoming DC Comics tentpole “Wonder Woman 1984” directly to streaming and bypass theaters altogether, two knowledgeable individuals told TheWrap.
The discussions are still preliminary and have remained close to Warner Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich and his top advisers, according to one individual with knowledge of the conversation. Even director Patty Jenkins and producer Charles Roven have not been brought into the talks.
According to the Warner insiders, the preference is still to release the movie theatrically — but executives are considering a streaming alternative, probably as a direct-to-consumer offering rather than as part of Warner’s soon-to-launch subscription service HBO Max. [via The Wrap]
This development is just the latest realignment to come out of Hollywood, as TV and movie studios alike have been scrambling to try to chart a path forward following these unprecedented set of circumstances.
At this time, Warner Bros. has yet to make an official announcement regarding Wonder Woman 1984, which is currently scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, June 5.
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