Films coming to HBO Max in 2021 embrace ‘Dune,’ ‘The Matrix 4,’ ‘Area Jam: A New Legacy,’ ‘Godzilla vs. Kong,’ and ‘Tom & Jerry.’ All you want is a $15-per-month HBO Max subscription.

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This story initially appeared on PCMag

In an enormous shakeup for the film business, 17 main movies from Warner Bros. will all debut on the streaming service HBO Max the identical day they hit theaters within the US.

The gorgeous announcement from the studio’s mum or dad, WarnerMedia, is supposed to deal with the continuing pandemic. The corporate is anticipating COVID-19 will hold most American moviegoers at residence into 2021, regardless of the upcoming vaccines, which can nonetheless take months to roll out. 

Films coming to HBO Max will embrace Dune, The Matrix 4, Area Jam: A New Legacy, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Tom & Jerry, amongst others. No additional price shall be added. Nonetheless, the movies will solely be accessible on the streaming service for one month. After that, customers must watch the flicks in theaters, or look forward to a future digital launch. 

“We’re residing in unprecedented occasions which name for inventive options, together with this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Footage Group,” mentioned WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff in immediately’s announcement. 

The choice will seemingly upset theater operators, together with the biggest chain, AMC, which has been struggling to remain afloat throughout the pandemic. It’s been hoping moviegoers will ultimately return in droves as soon as a COVID-19 vaccine begins to roll out. Nonetheless, WarnerMedia is indicating Hollywood studios can now not stand nonetheless and postpone their greatest flicks. 

“Nobody needs movies again on the massive display screen greater than we do. We all know new content material is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, however we’ve got to steadiness this with the truth that almost all theaters within the US will seemingly function at lowered capability all through 2021,” she mentioned.

“Our content material is extraordinarily priceless, except it’s sitting on a shelf not being seen by anybody,” added WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar.