Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra has stated that the studio is witnessing “a bit of boom” in interest from filmmakers who want to work with Sony Pictures after the backlash from Warner Brothers.
Sony seems to be prioritizing theatrical releases over streaming for now. The interest comes after the controversial decision for Warner Bros to move all its 2021 film slate to a release model that will see its movies stream on HBO Max for 31 days on the same day it puts them in the cinemas.
In an interview with The Verge, Tony Vinciquerra has this to say: “After the Warner Bros announcement, it’s been a bit of a boom for us because it’s made dating our movies next year somewhat easier. But the real benefit has been the number of incoming calls from talent, creators, actors, and directors to us saying,
‘We want to be doing business with you because we know you’re a theatrical distributor and producer.’ That has worked very well for us.” – Tony Vinciquerra
The shift has caused a huge outrage in the film industry with some filmmakers looking to ditch their ties to Warner Brothers. When asked about directing a third Wonder Woman movie for Warner Brothers, Patty Jenkins responded with the following.
“We’ll see what happens,” she said. “I really don’t know. I know that I’d love to do the third one if the circumstances were right and there was still a theatrical model possible. I don’t know that I would if there wasn’t.”
The director also added that she believes that other studios will go back to the traditional model and cause tremendous upheaval in the industry as every great filmmaker is going to go to work there.
Do you think Warner Brothers decision to move there whole 2021 slate online is a good move for the industry?