Representatives for Warner Bros. and HBO Max are yet to comment on Nolan's remarks.
British filmmaker Christopher Nolan has slammed Warner Bros. decision to release 2021 slate of films on HBO Max, in line with their US theatrical releases, branding the platform as “the worst streaming service”.
In a statement to Hollywood Reporter, Nolan said: “Some of our industry’s biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service.”
Nolan has a long-standing partnership with Warner Bros, dating back to 2002 when he released his third directorial Insomnia with the studios.
In another interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 50-year-old filmmaker called the plan a “real bait and switch”.
“It’s sort of not how you treat filmmakers and stars and people who, these guys have given a lot for these projects. They deserved to be consulted and spoken to about what was going to happen to their work,” he said.
Last week, Warner Bros. announced that it will be releasing its entire slate of films for the year 2021 both theatrically and on HBO Max.
Among the films that are set to be available under this deal are Denis Villeneuve”s Dune, The Suicide Squad, monster movie Godzilla vs Kong, and Keanu Reeves-starrer The Matrix 4.