Village Roadshow is suing Warner Bros.

Keanu Reeves in Matrix Resurrections.

The Matrix Resurrections is at the center of a major new lawsuit.
Picture: Warner Bros.

The release of The Matrix Resurrections was predictable among fans, corn Apparently the flaws go even deeper than that. Village Tour, a co-producer on the filmis suing Warner Bros for breach of contract over the exit, citing it as the latest example of a larger plot to alienate the companies and their shared intellectual properties.

As you might expect in a major lawsuit with billion-dollar implications, it’s a bit complicated. But, as reported youthe Wall Street Journal, the heart of it is basically Village Roadshow believes that Warner Bros. moved the release of the new Matrix movie from 2022 to 2021 as a way to attract subscribers to its HBO Max streaming service without worrying about its theatrical box office. This, in turn, harmed not only the bottom of the company line, but he believes the viability of the precious Matrix franchise as a whole.

“WB’s sole purpose in moving the release date of The Matrix Resurrections before was to create a desperately needed wave of year-end premium HBO Max subscriptions out of what he knew was a blockbuster film, knowing full well that it would decimate the film’s box office revenue and would deprive Village Roadshow of any economic benefit that WB and its affiliates would enjoy,” the lawsuit states. Apparently, while Warner Bros. has struck deals with the filmmakers of its other 2021 releases which debuted simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters, The matrix wlike not one of them.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, the lawsuit claims this is just one example of what Village Roadshow sees as an ongoing effort to “gutting the significant value of Village Roadshow intellectual property to support the new HBO Max streaming service.

This also includes the language change regarding the upcoming movie Wonka with Timothyand Chalamet. The lawsuit claims that initial reports about the film branded it a Tim Burton prequel Charlie and the chocolate factory, in which Village Roadshow has a stake, but later Warner Bros. changed that and claimed there was no connection to that specific movie. But perhaps most interesting is a claim in the lawsuit regarding the beloved Tom Cruise movie edge of tomorrow, who love The matrix is both a Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow. According to the lawsuit, Warner Bros. asked Village Roadshow to waive its rights and the company refused, leaving the show’s future in question. (We’ve reached out to HBO Max to see if there’s more information available on the show, and we’ll update this post if and when we hear.)

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

Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. have been teaming up for 25 years and have, to date, made 91 films together. Meanwhile, Village Roadshow paid $4.5 billion to Warners. It is therefore a very big problem, even more so than a similar case that was filed last year. between Scarlett Johansson and Disney on a breach of contract with the release of Black Widow. This case was finally settled.

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