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Friday's Headlines | WONDER WOMAN 1984 to Skip Theaters for Digital Debut?
Could Wonder Woman 1984 skip theaters and go straight to digital release? That's what Warner Bros. executives are considering, according to The Wrap.
According to the Hollywood trade's founder/CEO Sharon Waxman herself, Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerichis having "preliminary" discussions among "his top advisors" considering a straight-to-home-video release.
WB is reportedly considering offering it as an individual digital purchase, not as part of one of the company's streaming services like DC Universe or the upcoming HBO Max.
"The concern, the insiders said, is that there is no known date for movie theaters to reopen and there may be a shortage of favorable dates once theaters do come back online for the many films that have been postponed," The Wrap reports.
The film's writer/director Patty Jenkins and lead producer Charles Roven have, reportedly, not been included in these discussions - but have stated they'd like the film to instead be postponed for an August theatrical release.
"It’s ludicrous if you consider how big a movie this is," Roven told The Wrap. "Everybody recognizes that, as interesting as streaming might be, if you want a huge, global worldwide box office, you’ve got to release it in a movie theater.”
Warner Bros.'s Trolls World Tour was changed from a theatrical release to digital home video earlier this month, as a price of $19.99 for a 48-hour rental.
As of now, Wonder Woman 1984 remains scheduled for a June 4 theatrical release.