Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard has spoken about how he was initially “devastated” to learn that the monster movie would be available on HBO Max and how he has since warmed up to the idea. Speaking to Deadline, Wingard said he was surprised and upset to learn, in December 2020, that Warner Bros. was shifting all of its 2021 movies to a new release strategy where they would debut in theaters and on HBO Max.
“The day HBO Max surprised all of us, it was December 3, my birthday. Here I am, going out of town to celebrate, and I get a text from my agent, Dan Rabinow. Immediately incoming: announcement that all WarnerMedia titles are going to HBO Max. I was like, ‘What the hell?'” he said. “I pull over, and that’s when the announcement came. Godzilla vs. Kong, all of the films are going to HBO Max same time as theaters.”
In a word, Wingard said he was “devastated” by this news. Godzilla vs. Kong is Wingard’s first big-budget blockbuster and he wanted people to see it on the big screen.
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