A new deal has been reached between Warner Bros. and US cinema chain Regal, which marks the end of the simultaneous release of new films on HBO Max in 2022.
The news came from Deadline, and accordingly, there are two pillars of the deal. The first is that Regal cinemas will show Warner Bros. movies in 2021 with HBO Max as soon as they open. The second one applies to 2022. All Warner Bros. films will have a special 45-day privilege for screening only in Regal theaters. This means that the films can only come to HBO Max 45 days after the release date.
Regal’s boss is happy
“We are delighted to have signed this deal with Warner Bros.,” said Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld.
“The deal shows the studio’s commitment to movie theaters, and we see it as a solid milestone in our 100-year relationship with Warner Bros.”
This exclusive distribution right shows that the studio will not continue its “simultaneous release” agreement with HBO Max in 2021 in 2022. It seems that this step has already been taken specifically for COVID-19.
Cineworld also announced the opening of Regal cinemas in April after being closed for six months.