After the much-awaited “Wonder Woman” movie had been pushed back a third time due to the COVID-19 outbreak, director Patty Jenkins has warned everyone that the act of going to the theaters itself is threatened to become “extinct.”
She is among the many Hollywood directors appealing to the US government to provide financial aid to cinemas as many theaters across the nation have remained closed, forced to file for bankruptcy, or have shut down permanently.
“If we shut this down, this will not be a reversible process,” she said in an interview from her home in Los Angeles. “We could lose movie theater-going forever.”
She expressed fear that this could lead Hollywood studios to stop investing in films meant for theatrical releases and turn to online streaming instead.
“It could be the kind of thing that happened to the music industry,” she said, “where you could crumble the entire industry by making it something that can’t be profitable.”
“I don’t think any of us want to live in a world where the only option is to take your kids to watch a movie in your own living room and not have a place to go for a date,” she added.
She remained resolute that the sequel to her top-grossing superheroine film will be shown first in cinemas instead of heading straight to streaming. “I really hope that we are able to be one of the very first ones to come back and bring that into everyone’s life,” she shared.
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