One thing that’s truly interested me through all of the changes our world is experiencing because of COVID-19, is how the alterations being made to the movie industry today will affect movie releases in the future. My name is Dyllon Ryan, and I’m the director of client services here at ADvine.
As many of you probably know, due to the Novel Coronavirus studios have sped up the digital release of some of their films. For example, The Invisible Man released in theaters on February twenty-eighth, and became available to rent through streaming platforms like Amazon Video and iTunes on March twentieth, only twenty-one days after its theatrical release.
What’s even crazier is Pixar’s newest film, Onward, was released on March sixth and went straight to Disney Plus, free of charge if you have the subscription, on March twentieth – only fourteen days later. If you’re an avid movie watcher like myself, you know that typically we start to see the digital versions of these films released seventy to ninety days after the theatrical release.
These changes are so drastic that the newest Trolls movie, Trolls World Tour, released directly to Amazon Video and iTunes on April tenth. I can’t help but think this may be the new norm. Maybe not exclusively because there will still be a desire to see massive blockbuster releases like a new Avengers Movie in theaters, but will movies start releasing directly to consumer? What does this mean for the movie theater industry? And how fast will movie-goers change their ways if they can sit at home and watch a newly released movie in the comfort of their home?
As a parent of young kids who needs a babysitter or family member to watch over the little ones if my wife and I want to see an “adult movie”, it certainly seems more appealing to me to tuck the kids in bed and check out a new movie from my living room. I think we’re going to see some kind of mix between the two where some releases go straight to consumer, and there will be big budget films that release in theaters.
There’s one thing I am certain of, and it’s that in the next eighteen to thirty-six months, we are going to see a minimal number of new movies released due to the inability to shoot. Aside from pushed back releases, there’s no opportunity to create new films, and as a movie fan that really bums me out. So, if you’re watching from home, or if you’re counting down the days till movie theaters are open again, enjoy each new film because there will be a dry spell on the horizon.
If you’ve made it this far, I have one request for you. If you’ve checked out one of these new releases that went quickly or straight to streaming, comment below and let me know which movie you watched and rate it on a scale of 1-10. Thanks so much checking out this video. I wish you all safety and health through these times. Talk to you soon.