‘Matrix’ Co-Producer Sues Warner Over Streaming: Report

This follows a very public spat between Scarlett Johansson and Disney in which the ‘Black Widow’ star sued for lost profits because the film hit Disney+ while it was still in theaters. . The two parties later settled out of court.

WarnerMedia, the parent company of Warner Bros, has released its entire 2021 slate on HBO Max as Hollywood grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and shuts down theaters.

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group’s lawsuit alleges the studio moved the release date for “The Matrix Resurrections” to 2021 from the originally scheduled 2022 to help drive more HBO Max subscriptions, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“WB’s sole purpose in advancing the release date of ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ was to create a desperately needed wave of year-end premium HBO Max subscriptions from what it knew to be a blockbuster film” said the suit, according to the Journal. .

“Although he knows full well that doing so would decimate the film’s box office revenue and deprive Village Roadshow of any economic benefit that WB and its affiliates would enjoy,” the lawsuit said.

“The Matrix Resurrections” is the fourth installment of Keanu Reeves’ original reality or simulation vehicle.

By early February, it had grossed around $37 million (MAD 135.9 million) at the North American box office.

“The Matrix”, on the other hand, took $172 million.

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