The Warner Bros. Pictures Group announced on Thursday it will stream its entire 2021 film slate on HBO Max in the United States, along with an exclusive one-month access period on the latter, on top of being shown within theatres worldwide.
After these 2021 films leave the exclusive HBO Max access period, they will “leave the platform and continue theatrically in the U.S. and international territories, with all customary distribution windows applying to the title,” explains a press release.
Warner Bros. says it will stream all movies in 4K Ultra HD and HDR on HBO Max, with its planned 2021 movies below:
- The Little Things
- Judas and the Black Messiah
- Tom & Jerry
- Godzilla vs. Kong
- Mortal Kombat
- Those Who Wish Me Dead
- The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
- In The Heights
- Space Jam: A New Legacy
- The Suicide Squad
- The Many Saints of Newark
- King Richard
- Cry Macho
- Matrix 4
“We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group,” said Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios in a statement. “No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021.”
Sarnoff says this is a “unique one-year plan”, calling it a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In Canada, Bell Media has the distribution rights to HBO Max. We will most likely expect an announcement from the company soon detailing this Warner Bros. announcement.
If you use a VPN in Canada, you will be able to access HBO Max and get access, which appears to be very enticing given the one-month “exclusive access period,” which most likely will cost extra.
Wonder Woman 1984 is set to debut this month, and will stream in Canada on Crave after the film’s theatrical release.