Not all that long after it announced that all of its 2021 films will be heading to both theatres and HBO Max, Warner Bros. will be once again shifting the release dates for two of its upcoming movies, Mortal Kombat and Tom & Jerry.
The live-action adaptation of Mortal Kombat was originally set to be released on 16 January 2021, though that has now been changed to 16 April 2021. On the other hand, the Tom & Jerry movie has been moved up a week, and will now release on 26 February 2021 instead of 5 March.
Aside from these two movies, Warner Bros. has removed the sci-fi drama Reminiscence, which stars Hugh Jackman, from its 16 April release and it now sits with an unannounced 2021 release date.
These three films, along with the rest of Warner Bros. 2021 movies, will be releasing on both HBO Max and theatres. This includes films such as Wonder Woman 1984, Dune, The Matrix 4, and In The Heights.
These films will be available on HBO Max upon release for 31 days, whereafter the titles will be removed from the streaming platform and be made available in cinemas only.
This was a controversial move by Warner Bros. that has generated its fair share of criticism from the likes of Tenet director Christopher Nolan while others, like Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins, have also expressed their understanding and support for Warner Bros.’ decision. Even the four-hour Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which was supposed to be exclusive to HBO Max, has been considered for a theatrical release as well.
Mortal Kombat is directed by Simon McQuoid and stars Ludi Lin, Joe Taslim, Tadanobu Asano, and Jessica McNamee. It features a script written by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham.
Meanwhile, Tom & Jerry is directed by Tim Story and stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Rob Delaney, Colin Jost, and Ken Jeong.