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‘Dune,’ ‘Matrix 4’ Take Middle Stage at Warner Bros CinemaCon Presentation

Warner Bros. has made trade headlines all 12 months for its day-and-date HBO Max technique for 2021, however the studio’s CinemaCon presentation centered on a future the place it is going to recommit to the theatrical window.

In a pre-taped message, Warner Bros.’ home distribution head Jeff Goldstein acknowledged the “robust and controversial decisions” that the studio made by placing its whole 2021 slate on HBO Max at no additional cost on the identical day they hit theaters. However he thanked theaters for serving to develop initiatives like personal screenings, which grew to become a preferred choice for “Marvel Girl 1984” final winter, regardless of being launched on the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Going to the theater is just in our DNA,” stated Goldstein. “And that may by no means change. That gained’t be replicated in any approach.”

Warner Bros. additionally touted its declare to the biggest market share in 2021 to date with over $2 billion grossed in a nonetheless recovering international field workplace, together with $451 million in North America. Due to its day-and-date technique with HBO Max, Warner made minimal modifications to its slate schedule and is predicted to launch extra movies in theaters this 12 months than another studio.

Among the many movies featured throughout Warner’s 90-minute presentation have been “Malignant,” the following horror movie from “Noticed” and “Insidious” creator James Wan and Clint Eastwood’s latest drama “Cry Macho,” which was offered with a profession retrospective of the enduring western actor turned Oscar-winning filmmaker. “Cry Macho” is the primary movie through which Eastwood rides a horse since his iconic 1992 Finest Image winner “Unforgiven.”

The presentation additionally featured the opening scenes of the “Sopranos” prequel “The Many Saints of Newark,” narrated by Michael Imperioli because the deceased Christopher Moltisanti, as he exhibits how his “uncle,” Tony Soprano, first met his father as a child, many years earlier than he would smother Christopher to loss of life.

On the blockbuster facet, Warner Bros. offered the primary glimpse of the trailer for “The Matrix Resurrections,” that includes Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as Neo and Trinity, who’ve been introduced again to life with out their recollections. Denis Villeneuve additionally offered his favourite scene from “Dune,” through which Paul Atreides and his father danger their lives to save lots of staff on the alien planet of Arrakis from a large sandworm that may swallow ships complete.

Although Warner Bros. initially ran afoul of each exhibitors and studio companions (like “Dune” producers Legendary Leisure) with its HBO Max transfer, it managed to easy issues over with all concerned by making concessions, together with permitting for extra favorable income share with theaters this 12 months. Warner Bros. additionally held to its promise that its HBO Max plans have been solely a short-term response to the pandemic, signing agreements with main chains like AMC and Cineworld guaranteeing a 45-day theatrical launch window for its movies beginning subsequent 12 months.

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