Director Paul Greengrass has said he expects people to come back to theaters in six months.
“I think we’ll be back in theaters sooner than we think, six months from now I think we’ll start going back,” said the British filmmaker, who spoke of his Tom Hanks drama. World news on the BBC’s Today program on Radio 4.
The Oscar-nominated director was asked if he was frustrated that the Universal Pictures film was seen widely on TVs and laptops rather than the big screen (Netflix acquired the international rights last fall and the film was expedited on VOD in the United States). due to the pandemic.
“Inevitably, yes. We did it for the big screen. But the movie industry is facing a big crisis, of course. Production has been halted and cinemas are mostly closed around the world. The choice is what you make. We could have chosen to delay the release for a year, but I didn’t want to do that. I thought it was a relevant film for today. I think we’ll be back in theaters sooner than we think, six months from now I think we’ll start going back.
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He added: “It’s not the creative experience that I would ideally want or the financial experience that they [the financiers/studio] ideally would like, but in a sense we’re saying something bigger than that, that cinema will survive this dark time and hope better days come, and I think they will come.
Greengrass said the film was in part inspired by ‘looking beyond division and bitterness’ and that’ storytelling, news and truth have a fundamental role to play ‘:’ What has been undermined in America is the objective truth. If you have millions of people who believe a fair election was stolen, you have a problem. “
World news tells the story of a Civil War veteran who agrees to deliver a kidnapped girl to a family that lives hundreds of miles away. The veteran manages to read the news to those who cannot read.
The historical drama released in the United States over Christmas and is set internationally in the first quarter of 2021.