GLASS Director M. Night Shyamalan Blasts Recent Warner Bros. HBO Max Deal As "Ridiculous"

GLASS Director M. Night Shyamalan Blasts Recent Warner Bros. HBO Max Deal As "Ridiculous"

Warner Bros.' decision to debut its 2021 slate in theatres and on HBO Max simultaneously has not gone over well with most filmmakers, and we can now add Glass director M. Night Shyamalan to the list...

By MarkCassidy - Jan 12, 2021 01:01 PM EST
Filed Under: DC Studios

WarnerMedia's unprecedented decision to send Warner Bros. Pictures' entire 2021 movie slate to the HBO Max streaming service the same day they hit theatres sent shockwaves through the film industry, with many high-profile directors taking a negative view of the move.

The likes of Christopher Nolan (Tenet, Dunkirk) and Denis Villeneuve (Dune, Blade Runner 2049) have already made their feelings on the matter perfectly clear, and M. Night Shyamalan has now weighed in with his take.

Not too surprisingly, the Glass director is not on board with the deal, and takes particular issue with the fact that WB didn't give the director's a heads up before making the announcement.

“You only have to guess what my reaction is to that,” Shyamalan tells Fandom. “I don’t support it at all. At all. And especially without talking to the filmmakers. Ridiculous. [It’s] obviously corporate-driven and I feel bad for all my colleagues that found out that way and are dealing with it now."

“That’s not the answer," he continued. "That’s certainly not the answer, and I very much hope we will all be going back to the theaters soonish. Three months, four months, five months, whatever it is. And that both can co-exist; that we have high-end entertainment at home and we have high-end entertainment when we want to go out. There’s no need to cannibalize one for the other.”

It was recently reported that the studio cut new deals with the directors of the films set for day-and-date theatrical and streaming releases later this year, and, funnily enough, we haven't seen much backlash since.

Shyamalan has worked with WB in the past, but his next film, an adaptation of a French graphic novel Old, will be a Universal release.

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Moriakum
Moriakum - 1/12/2021, 1:02 PM
OT:

AzorAhai
AzorAhai - 1/12/2021, 1:04 PM
What a twist.
lordSTALE
lordSTALE - 1/12/2021, 1:58 PM
@AzorAhai -
SanFranLand
SanFranLand - 1/12/2021, 1:04 PM
Hell yeah, Shyamalan!
Cbmfilmjunkie
Cbmfilmjunkie - 1/12/2021, 1:06 PM

I would love to go to a theater and I also would love to not be around strangers with a virus spreading like wildfire. Especially here in LA.

I think the decision to not speak to filmmakers was a mistake but I don’t think the strategy is the wrong way to go during a pandemic.

dracula
dracula - 1/12/2021, 1:08 PM
These movies need to be released at some point pushing them back while still filming more movies will just hurt everything's box office in the long run.

Also yeah this guy's movies went down hill after sixth sense, I gave up on him after Last Airbender, he surprised me with Split, then he killed his movies for me again with Glass.

A good movie is a good movie no matter how it is seen, a bad movie (most of his movies) is still a bad movie.

Plus they will be sharing profits, so yeah they own the movies and the directors no longer have reason to complain, they will be paid.
calino2212
calino2212 - 1/12/2021, 1:46 PM
@dracula - I actually liked Glass outside of the last few moments of the film.
dracula
dracula - 1/12/2021, 1:10 PM
They should have gotten someone like Guillermo Del Toro to direct the last airbender. He killed any chance of a proper movie adaptation and now we are probably getting a crappy tv adaptation.
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