Disney’s remaining 2021 films will only be released in theaters
Things are finally starting to look like they did before the pandemic, but is it for the better?
Disney has announced that the rest of its movie panel will be released in theaters in 2021 before it is available for streaming on Disney +.
That decision was made on Friday with a statement from Kareem Daniel, Disney’s media and entertainment sales chairman: “As confidence in cinema continues to grow, we look forward to entertaining audiences in theaters while maintaining flexibility, ours To give to Disney + subscribers the gift of Encanto this holiday season. “
The animated film Encanto is scheduled for release on November 24th.
That decision could be the light at the end of a tunnel that many movie theater owners had hoped for. Since resuming business during the COVID-19 pandemic, cinemas have struggled to attract moviegoers, resulting in many cinemas closing their doors for good.
Part of the struggle happens to fall on the shoulders of distributors who release films on streaming platforms on the same day as they open in theaters. Who wants to go to the cinema when you can sit comfortably at home instead?
Disney’s decision to debut films exclusively in theaters may also be her reaction to that Lawsuit by Scarlett Johansson End of July. Johansson claims there was a breach of contract when Disney was released Black widow on its streaming platform on the same day as the theatrical release and estimates about $ 50 million in lost revenue, according to Johansson The Wall Street Journal.
Stars of A quiet place part II faced a similar problem after the film was released on Paramount + on the same day as its theatrical release when the theaters were operating at half capacity.
Instead of paying compensation for the film’s performance on the streaming service, some companies appear to be moving back to exclusive theatrical releases to avoid future lawsuits. Perhaps Disney and every other distribution company with a streaming service can find a way to compensate their actors for the movie’s performance on their platforms, but time will only tell what they’ll do.
Until then, Disney’s highly anticipated films are like Eternal and Steven Spielbergs West Side Story can only be seen in the cinema. So make sure to mask yourself and watch movies that are only available in your local movie theater.
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