The Matrix Resurrections co-producer is suing Warner Bros. for simultaneous output

The Village Roadshow is suing Warner Bros. for the simultaneous output of The Matrix Resurrectionsaccording to an exclusive report in The Wall Street Journal (which is hidden behind a paywall). The lawsuit’s main complaint concerns Warner Media chief Jason Kilar’s “Project Popcorn,” a pandemic-era initiative that gave all of Warner Bros. 2021 hits theaters simultaneously on HBO Max for the first 31 days of theatrical release. According to the WSJ report, although Warner Bros. has paid more than $200 million in new talent pay to people in 2021 theater programming, including The small things, The Suicide Squadand Reminiscence; however, those involved in The Matrix Resurrections (at least not Village Roadshow) did not receive the same additional compensation.

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the Matrix 4 Co-producer Village Roadshow Entertainment Group filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, alleging that Warner Bros., owned by unit AT&T Inc. Warner Media, the move to simultaneous release in 2021 was a breach of contract. Similar to the lawsuit filed by Scarlett Johansson for the simultaneous release of Black Widowthe lawsuit also alleges that the studio moved the film’s release date to 2021 from 2022 to attract more HBO Max subscribers, depriving the movie company of movie revenue.

The Village Roadshow lawsuit claims that The Matrix Resurrections “performed disappointingly at the box office, garnering only a fraction of the revenue generated by its predecessors.” It’s true. The Matrix Resurrections earned just $38m domestically and $155m, compared to $171m/$469m for The matrix$281 million/$742 million for The Matrix Reloadedand $138 million/$429 million for The matrix revolutionsaccording to Forbes. However, this is not the only thing the court may consider for the trial; they will also examine the film’s performance against other theatrical releases released during the same time period and other films released through a simultaneous release format. The Forbes article also goes over these points in detail, challenging the lawsuit’s assertion that “other films released during the pandemic have performed well at the box office, including”Spider-Man: No Coming Home“, unlike”The Matrix Resurrections“was not released on any streaming platform when it was released in theaters.”


Warner Bros. declares the trial to be “frivolous”


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Some things shouldn’t be about profit, but about public safety and access. In America and elsewhere in the world, access for disabled, elderly and marginalized people is even a right. These lawsuits cling to a bygone era where COVID-19 is not a constant reality, and as long as the government prioritizes personal choice over public safety, which seems likely given the recent decision by With the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the federal mandate requiring the vaccine for private employers, movie theaters will remain unsafe for people with disabilities.

With 60% of Americans are at high risk and with LGBTQ+ Americans are more susceptible to chronic diseaseAbove all, it seems unjustified to wage this fight with The Matrix Resurrections, a film directed by a trans woman, Lana Wachowski. In the Village Roadshow lawsuit, the company said it co-owned the intellectual property rights to nearly 100 films, and the company paid more than $4.5 billion to Warner Bros. to produce and distribute for 25 years.


“This is a frivolous attempt by Village Roadshow to avoid their contractual commitment to participate in the arbitration we initiated against them last week,” Warner Bros. in a press release. “We have no doubt that this matter will be resolved in our favor.”


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