The long-awaited sequel to the Adventures of Wonder Woman will be released in the United States on Christmas Day, in theaters that will not be closed due to the coronavirus and simultaneously on the video-on-demand platform HBO Max, Warner Studios announced Wednesday. Bros. Spectators outside the United States will have the chance to see it “a week earlierIn theaters, starting December 16, says Warner Bros.
The idea of going out Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max – a platform only available in the United States for now, recently acquired by Warner Studios for an estimated price of $ 200 million – is linked to the pandemic, which has rocked Hollywood and the schedule of super-productions. “It was not an easy decision and we never thought we would have to delay the release for so long but the Covid turned everything upside down“, wrote on social media Israeli star Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman. “You can watch it in theaters (they do an amazing job of ensuring security) and you can also watch it on HBO Max from your home.», Adds the actress. The film was originally scheduled for release in June 2020.
Traditionally, big Hollywood productions are only screened in theaters for 90 days before being broadcast on other media. But the closure of cinemas in many American regions, including New York and Los Angeles, has forced distributors to find fallback solutions.
Disney had thus released Mulan directly on its Disney + platform last September. But unlike Mulan, that we had to buy, Wonder Woman 1984 will be offered at no additional cost to HBO Max subscribers for one month. “We had to innovate to develop our business while continuing to satisfy our fansSaid WarnerMedia President Ann Sarnoff.
The first part of Wonder woman, in 2017, had raised $ 800 million in revenue and propelled Gal Gadot to the rank of world star. Chris Pine is also back in the second episode, which takes place in the 1980s, decades after the first film supposed to be set in World War I. Director Patty Jenkins remained in charge.