Christopher Nolan addresses concerns that filmmaker projects could disappear if they are removed from streaming platforms and no longer appear on physical media.
During a conversation with The Washington Post Published online on Friday, Oppenheimer The director discussed his film’s upcoming home release. Nolan clarified that this was a comment he made recently Oppenheimer He said the screening about home release being important to prevent an “evil streaming service” from stealing the project from viewers was just a joke, but he sees a potential danger for films that are only available on streamers.
“These days there is a risk that things that only exist in the streaming version will be removed,” Nolan told the publication. “They come and go – as do broadcast versions of films, so my films will be on HBO or whatever, they will come and go. But the home video version can always be there so people can always access it. And since the 1980s, we as filmmakers have taken that for granted, and now we need to make sure that there is a way that that can continue to be possible, if not through physical media.”
Nolan stated that he does not discourage changes in the way people experience films, saying that “film culture thrives on new innovations.” But he also knows that “the accessibility of your work” must be protected.
“The danger I’m talking about if a filmmaker’s film just disappears from streaming one day and then may not come back, or may not come back for a long time, is not a deliberate conspiracy,” he continued. “It’s just the way things evolve with each license agreement. So it’s worth pointing out because it needs to be fixed, but I’m very confident that it will be.”
The topic of titles permanently disappearing from streaming services has become topical in recent months. Earlier this year, Disney took a $1.5 billion tax write-off after dropping more than 70 titles from Disney+ and Hulu, while Warner Bros. Discovery signed licensing deals with free, ad-supported channels for its previously canceled shows , including Westworldwhich was co-created by Nolan’s brother Jonathan Nolan.