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Steven Spielberg says services like HBO Max threw filmmakers ‘under the bus’

Steven Spielberg says services like HBO Max threw filmmakers ‘under the bus’

Steven Spielberg said services such as HBO Max are throwing filmmakers “under the bus”.

The 75-year-old film director seemed to be referring to high-profile new films that are being released on streaming platforms and not theatres.

“The pandemic created an opportunity for streaming platforms to raise their subscriptions to record-breaking levels and also throw some of my best filmmaker friends under the bus as their movies were unceremoniously not given theatrical releases,” Spielberg told The New York Times.

“They were paid off and the films were suddenly relegated to, in this case, HBO Max. The case I’m talking about. And then everything started to change.

“I think older audiences were relieved that they didn’t have to step on sticky popcorn,” he added.

“But I really believe those same older audiences, once they got into the theatre, the magic of being in a social situation with a bunch of strangers is a tonic…

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