James Gunn: Movies Last Because They’re Seen On TV, Not In Theaters
Gunn said “I’m not going to slit my wrists” if people choose to broadcast “The Suicide Squad” over going to the movies.
James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” disappointed at the box office this weekend (despite estimates it could top $ 30 million, it only earned $ 26.5 million), but the HBO chief Max, Andy Forssell, said Hollywood journalist that the R-rated DC Comics Tent Pole became “the second most viewed movie over an opening weekend on HBO Max since we started day and date releases with theaters.” Like all Warner Bros. ‘ movies released in 2021, âThe Suicide Squadâ hit theaters the same day it became available to stream on HBO Max for 31 days. What does Gunn think about his movie’s debut on a streaming service? “I really don’t care,” the director said recently. Variety.
âI really care about whatever draft is in front of me,â Gunn said. â’The Suicide Squad’ is meant to be seen primarily on the big screen. I think it will work very well on television. Look, movies don’t last because they’re seen on the big screen. Movies last because they are seen on television. “Jaws” is not yet a classic because people watch it in the movies. I’ve never seen ‘Jaws’ in a movie theater. It’s one of my favorite movies.
Gunn then went on to television with HBO Max’s “Peacemaker” series, a continuation of his “Suicide Squad” movie that focuses on the eponymous character of John Cena. The filmmaker said Variety that working on the “Peacemaker” series taught him that he can be as happy working on television as he is making movies.
“In fact, in some ways I’m more comfortable on TV, because I have more time to focus on the characters, and I don’t feel so much pressured to move on to the next scene and the next scene. next scene and on to the next scene, “Gunn said. âI don’t want the theatrical experience to die either. I don’t know if it’s possible, but we also don’t know what’s going to happen. We still have COVID because people won’t get vaccinated, which they should, you know. Hopefully – hopefully – that won’t be a big deal for us in a year from now. And if so, what will happen? We do not know. Nobody knows. I care, because I would prefer people to be able to go to the movies. But also, if they don’t, I’m not going to slit my wrists. I don’t care a lot.
âThe Suicide Squadâ is now airing on HBO Max and playing in theaters.