In light of the coronavirus pandemic, some film studios have decided to release their films on streaming services. Warner Bros. even stated that a number of future films will be released on the HBO Max service, causing a flurry of negativity from the actors and directors. Others began to predict that this was the beginning of the end of the movie theater era.
However, not everyone agrees with this opinion. Actor Tom Hanks, speaking to Collider, said:
Will cinemas exist? Absolutely. In one form or another, when the situation returns to normal, cinemas will have the freedom to choose which films to show.
Viewers have a desire to watch the tapes in full format, because watching at home on the couch reduces the visual effect to a certain extent. But significant changes that have happened due to the coronavirus were already on the horizon even without a pandemic. I think a lot of movies will go to streaming, and I think they will be quite enjoyable to watch because they will be created for quality widescreen home TVs.
Tom has already experienced what it’s like when your movie comes out straight from the streaming service – this summer, Greyhound came out on Apple TV +. And last week on Netflix, News From Around the World appeared, also starring Hanks.