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Patty Jenkins Not a Fan of Big Films Going Straight to Streaming: ‘They Look Like Fake Movies’

September 5, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Patty Jenkins has been open about her desire to see the theatrical experience stay strong, and she recently discussed her issues with straight-to-streaming movies. Jenkins, whose Wonder Woman 1984 was released day-and-date on HBO Max, spoke at a panel at CinemaCon and discussed her issues with releasing films day-and-date. You can see some highlights below, per the LA Times:

On her experience with Wonder Woman 1984 going day-and-date: “It was a very, very, very difficult choice. I was looking at what is actually turning out to be true, which is, we have no idea when this pandemic is going to get under control in the way that we hoped. It was the best choice of a bunch of very bad choices at the moment. It was a heartbreaking experience and hugely detrimental to the movie, and I sort of knew that could happen. I was happy to give the movie to the public. I don’t think it plays the same on streaming ever. It was the right choice for all of us, and I was very much in deep conversation with Warner Bros. about that particular film. But no, I’m not a fan.”

On day-and-date streaming hurting films: “I’m not a fan of day-and-date and I hope to avoid it forever. The truth is I make movies for the big screen. I’m OK with people watching it for a second or third time on their phone, but I’m not making it for that experience. I love the theatrical experience, and I don’t understand why we’re talking about throwing it away for 700 streaming services that there’s no room for in the marketplace. It doesn’t make sense for studios that have billion-dollar industries to throw them in the garbage so they can roll the dice at competing with Netflix. It’s crazy to me. All I’m saying is that one studio should make a huge commitment to the theatrical experience and plant the flag and the filmmakers will go there as a result.”

On streaming films not looking “real”: “All of the films that streaming services are putting out, I’m sorry, they look like fake movies to me. I don’t hear about them, I don’t read about them. It’s not working as a model for establishing legendary greatness.”

On streaming being better for television projects: “I also have a deal to make things for Netflix, because I really believe in limited series and television series. As a filmmaker there are stories I want to tell, like [TNT’s] I Am the Night, that are longer and don’t fit into the movie format. Streaming is great for massive amounts of content and bingeing TV shows. I think they are two very different skill sets and I see them succeeding as two very different things. That’s why I think it’s a mistake for the film industry to throw something away so valuable.”