Spielberg says streamers threw directors ‘under the bus’

The pandemic has ruined a lot of things, like Uber Pools and the general feeling of safety in a crowd, but it’s also taken away the one thing Steven Spielberg really cares about (besides aliens that look like raisins): the cinematic experience.

Of course, Tom Cruise resurrected cinemas this summer, and Nicole Kidman created her own cult out of all AMC theater locations, but that wasn’t enough for Spielberg, who claims outlets like HBO Max and Disney+ have ruined movies by jumping them straight to streaming, even when theaters weren’t open.

The director spoke with The New York Times on how the movie industry might survive the next wave of streaming. “The pandemic has created an opportunity for streaming platforms to increase their subscriptions to record highs and also to throw some of my best filmmaker friends under the bus because their movies haven’t been unceremoniously released theatrically,” he said. explained Spielberg.

It was common in the summer of 2020, when big budget movies like Principle and Black Widow didn’t get the theatrical release window they were promised because of…everything. This caused a very upset Christopher Nolan to stop making films with his longtime collaborators at Warner Bros. His next film, Oppenheimerwill be his first film not to be released with WB in over 20 years.

Spielberg went on to explain the problem with streamers who started overloading their services when there was literally nothing else to do. “They got paid and the movies were suddenly relegated, in this case, to HBO Max. The case I’m talking about. And then everything started to change.

The director’s latest film The Fablemans hits theaters this weekend, and while Spielberg wants you to see him in a darkened room with a hundred other strangers, he won’t force you to. But he will judge you. “When you’re just starting out and a streaming service gives you the opportunity to make your first movie, sure, the streaming service is going to call the shots, but I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t like their movies to be released on the big screen. screen,” Spielberg explained. “I don’t know anyone who would say, no, I’d rather have it shown on an iPad or in a living room.”

The Fablemans will triumphantly hit theaters on November 11. Or you can watch it on your iPad at a later date, eventually.

(Via AV Club)

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