Saturday, May 18, 2024

Hollywood’s Beginning of the End: Universal Pictures Will Put Current Releases Online Immediately for Streaming


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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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