The party is over.
With movie theaters in major cities shut, Universal Pictures has taken a drastic measure. They are putting their current releases online for streaming right now.
They include “Emma,” “The Hunt,” “The Invisible Man,” and the upcoming “Trolls World Tour.”
Once this door is opened, it will never be closed. Theater owners must be apoplectic and I don’t blame them.
The studio says this isn’t for the rest of the year, just for the time being while people are quarantined and theaters are closed. But once the audience gets used to this, it will be hard to go back.
Disney should be next with a trio of films they postponed and don’t have much box office potential anyway. They are “Antlers,” “The New Mutants,” and “Mulan.”
Once that happens, really, we are in a new world.