Warner Bros called Village Roadshow Entertainment’s filing ‘frivolous’ in a statement to The Independent
The latest Matrix film, which starred Keanu Reeves, was released simultaneously in cinemas and on the streaming service in December.
月曜日に (7 2月), co-producers Village Roadshow filed a lawsuit at the Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that contracts had been breached and box office performance hurt by putting 復活 on HBO Max.
They claimed that the film had originally been moved from a 2022 release to 2021 in order to drive more subscribers to the streamer.
“WB’s sole purpose in moving the release date of マトリックスレザレクション forward was to create a desperately needed wave of year-end HBO Max premium subscriptions from what it knew would be a blockbuster film, despite knowing full well that it would decimate the film’s box office revenue and deprive Village Roadshow of any economic upside that WB and its affiliates would enjoy,” the company alleged (経由 ウォールストリートジャーナル).
マトリックスレザレクション underperformed at the box office, they claimed, それを追加する スパイダーマン: ノーウェイホーム had done well in cinemas along without a secondary release on streaming.
In a statement shared with 独立者, a Warner Bros spokesperson said: “This is a frivolous attempt by Village Roadshow to avoid their contractual commitment to participate in the arbitration that we commenced against them last week. We have no doubt that this case will be resolved in our favour.”
It’s not the first time that a film distributor has faced legal troubles over the decisions to release films on streaming during the pandemic.
The filing alleged that Johansson’s compensation for the movie was “largely based” on ブラックウィドウの興行成績.