In December, Warner Bros. shocked the film industry when they revealed that all of their 2021 movies would be released in cinemas and on their streaming service HBO Max at the same time. As the pandemic continues to rage on, Warner Bros decided to combat the coronavirus with and-date release strategy throughout the entirety of 2021.
With HBO Max only being available in the United States, many countries like Malaysia and Singapore are missing out on some exciting titles available to stream. With titles like Godzilla vs. Kong, The Suicide Squad, and the untitled Matrix sequel still slated for theatrical release, filmgoers would have to wait for theatres to reopen to experience the aforementioned titles.
Fortunately, moviegoers of Malaysia will not have to wait for theatres to reopen to experience other Warner Bros. films. Following HBO GO’s launch in Malaysia last year, HBO Asia’s answer to the ever-evolving streaming game, several Warner Bros. titles are coming to the streaming platform instead. With new titles like Unpregnant, Let Them All Talk, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League coming our way, consider getting your fix with HBO GO.
Locked Down (January 14)
Directed by Doug Liman, Locked Down is a romantic comedy film that tells the story of a couple that attempts a high-risk, high-stakes jewelry heist at a department store as they grew wary of being stuck at home in a mandatory lockdown. Starring Anne Hathaway Chiwetel Ejiofor, Locked Down is notable for being written, financed, and filmed entirely during the pandemic.
An American Pickle (16 January)
Adapted by Simon Rich from his 2013 New Yorker novella Sell Out, An American Pickle stars Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1919 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he learns that his only surviving relative is his great-grandson Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.
Unpregnant (February 6)
In Unpregnant, seventeen-year-old Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson) never thought she’d want to fail a test—that is, until she finds herself staring at a piece of plastic with a blue plus. With a promising college-bound future now disappearing before her eyes, Veronica considers a decision she never imagined she’d have to make. This never-taken-lightly decision leads her on a 1000 mile hilarious road trip to New Mexico over three days with her ex-best friend, Bailey (Barbie Ferreira) where they discover sometimes the most important choice you’ll make in life is who your friends are.
Unpregnant is based upon the book of the same name by authors Jenni Hendriks (How I Met Your Mother) and Ted Caplan (music editor for The Hate U Give and The Greatest Showman).
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (March 18)
Due to overwhelming demand, Warner Bros will release a new edition of Justice League exclusively on HBO Max and HBO GO on March 18. Following the critical and commercial failure of the 2017 film, DC Extended Universe (DCEU) fans began to campaign for the unedited version, one that promises to be guided creatively by the original directors who helmed the film before exiting the project, Zack Snyder.
Recently, Snyder confirmed that his version of Justice League will be a four-hours-long movie, instead of a miniseries (which was previously speculated by fans). According to THR, Warner Bros. is forking out between $20 and $30 million to complete the movie. While principle photography is completed prior to Snyder’s exit, the budget will be allocated to complete extensive visual effects work, editing, possible voice-over and perhaps even reshoots.
Melissa McCarthy stars at Carol, the most average person on Earth. When an all-powerful A.I. (James Cordon) decides to enslave, save, or destroy humanity, it’s up to Carol to prove that people are worth saving.
Let Them All Talk (TBA)
Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, and Dianne Wiest star in this comedic drama from Steven Soderbergh about a celebrated author embarking on a journey to heal old wounds.
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