At Warner Bros. sued over releasing ‘The Matrix Resurrection’ on HBO Max


The Scarlett Johansson case lives on. Six months after it and Disney fell out over Black Widow, another studio is facing a breach of contract lawsuit for simultaneously releasing the film in theaters and on a streaming service. Lawsuit filed against Warner Bros. for releasing “The Matrix: Resurrection” on HBO Max the same day as in theaters. Company village road showwho co-produced the film, claims that the hybrid release was intended “to create a much-needed wave of premium subscriptions to HBO Max at the end of the year” – despite the fact that Warner Bros. I knew very well that “this will reduce the box office of the film and deprive village road show any economic advantage that WB and its affiliates might receive.”

The Matrix Resurrection was originally scheduled for a 2022 release, according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that the film instead became part of an initiative known as the “Popcorn Project”, joining all of the studio’s other feature films. Warner Bros. 2021 and received a simultaneous release on HBO Max. village road show claims the studio knew the decision would lead to lower box office performance and more piracy. According to the suit, village road show failed to pay a significant portion of the production costs for The Matrix: Resurrection as a result of an alleged breach of contract. In his statement Warner Bros. called the lawsuit “a frivolous attempt village road show avoid their contractual obligation to participate in the arbitration we started against them last week. We have no doubt that this case will be decided in our favor.”

“The Matrix: Resurrection” is not the only title that upset village road show. The company also alleges in the lawsuit that Warner Bros. refused to acknowledge her right to partner on projects still in the works, including Wonka and the television series based on Edge of Tomorrow. Johansson and Disney managed to settle the case in a couple of months, but it was only about one film, so we’ll see how long it takes to reach a solution this time.

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