The only major budget movie scheduled to come out in 2020 is Wonder Woman 1984 starring Gal Gadot. Now, it seems like the film might not live in theaters too long.
Warner Bros. is currently working on a plan to see the film released on their HBO MAX, their parent company (WarnerMedia’s) streaming service. The move could also see the film be rescheduled to 2021, Bloomberg reports.
According to the New York Post, movie executives are in the final stages of discussing the future of the films release. Many major markets are seeing spikes in Coronavirus cases and the projected President Elect Joe Biden is threatening to enforce a national lockdown for 4-6 weeks when he takes office.
According to the reports from Bloomberg, movie executives are open to the idea of doing a short term theatrical release and move the film to HBO MAX as it will see an increase in subscriptions.
In normal times, releasing a movie like Wonder Woman 1984 would not even be discussed but this could be the only way to get people to watch the film. Wonder Woman 1984 has been rescheduled 4 times with the current date being Christmas Day 2020. The first Wonder Woman film grossed $822 million worldwide in 2017.
Nothing is confirmed on the film release. WarnerMedia’s new CEO, Jason Kilar, is facing pressure to grow HBO MAX’s subscriber base. HBO MAX closed quarter 3 with just under 9 million active users.