Warner Bros. Pictures Greenlights Three Films For Its 2023 Worldwide Theatrical Slate

Three new films have been approved for production by Warner Bros. Pictures, including a Mad Max prequel, a classic Looney Tunes adaptation, and a musical twist on a Steven Spielberg classic.

Warner Bros. Pictures announced the release dates for three upcoming theatrical titles: Furiosa, Coyote vs. Acme, and The Color Purple musical feature. Each film is scheduled to hit theaters worldwide in 2023. The announcement was made by Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Up first in the lineup will be writer, director, and producer George Miller’s Furiosa. It is a prequel to his hit Mad Max: Fury Road that introduced the wildly popular character. Set for June 23, 2023, it will star Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role, alongside Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Miller penned the script and produces alongside his longtime partner, Oscar-nominated producer Doug Mitchell.

Warner Animation Group (WAG) delivers the live-action and animated hybrid Coyote vs. Acme, which will be released in theaters on July 21, 2023. Directed by Dave Green, it will feature the age-old rivalry between the Roadrunner nemesis and his preferred mail-order supplier. The screenplay is written by James Gunn, Jeremy Slater, Jon Silberman & Josh Silberman, and Samy Burch. It is based on the Wile E. Coyote character and fictitious Acme corporation from the Looney Tunes, the Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, and the fictional New Yorker magazine article entitled “Coyote v. Acme,” written by Ian Frazier. Chris DeFaria and James Gunn will produce, the latter under his Two Monkeys, A Goat and Another, Dead, Monkey production banner.

The Color Purple musical feature comes to theaters around the globe on December 20, 2023. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, the film will be directed by Blitz Bazawule. It will be produced by Oprah Winfrey (Harpo Films), Steven Spielberg (Amblin Entertainment), Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones. The executive producers are Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, Mara Jacobs, Carla Gardini, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Adam Fell. The script is written by Marcus Gardley, and the score includes the music and lyrics from the stage musical by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. The new film and Gardley’s script are based on Alice Walker’s book, the 1985 Warner Bros. Pictures film, and the Broadway stage musical.

Nielsen Begins Tracking Premium Theatrical Films Being Distributed On Streaming Platforms

The service gives the movie industry a wide array of consumer data and actionable insights for the new form of entertainment distribution.

On Tuesday, Nielsen announced that it is launching its Theatrical Video-On-Demand (TVOD) measurement service. It will serve as a way to monitor new movie releases that are directly available to consumers to rent or purchase on-demand through streaming and MVPD platforms. Often offered at premium pricing, this rapidly expanding distribution model of film releases was accelerated by COVID-19 early in 2020. Content creators, such as studios, sought to offset disruption caused by social distancing mandates that temporarily closed movie theaters across the United States.

The evolution of theatrical distribution, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, has introduced a new opportunity for both consumers and content owners. With the delivery of newly released movies directly to viewers in the comfort of their own homes, the entire media food chain, from studios to talent, has a need to analyze the volume and reach of their audiences. Information about the household and viewers’ characteristics, such as age and gender, ethnicity, or even territory, will be detailed in the service report.

Nielsen’s TVOD measurement service will help clients uncover information about the consumers streaming the premium content. The company will collect a detailed review of viewer demographics and behavioral information, which will go beyond the consumer data provided by the box office metrics and transactional rental services. The information will be crucial for audience-driven decisions concerning media licensing and promotion.

The past year, underpinned by COVID-19 related uncertainty, has changed consumer behavior, driving a rise in streaming consumption. Streaming now accounts for nearly a quarter (23%) of total usage among OTT capable homes, up from 21% just a year prior. A much broader swath of consumers has enabled streaming capabilities, presenting a new opportunity to deliver this form of entertainment directly.

“As this unprecedented pandemic continues to influence consumer behavior, perhaps even through a prolonged state of recovery waves. Being able to measure and help clients appropriately monetize new revenue streams has never been more crucial,” said Scott N. Brown, the General Manager of Audience Measurement for Nielsen.

“A bigger question might be what will audiences do following any recovery, how the behavior adopted during stay-at-home orders might influence habits when consumers have the ability to go back to theaters to enjoy that experience and how content creators will leverage data to make the best decisions regarding distribution platforms in the future.”

Nielsen Holdings plc is a global measurement and data analytics company. They provide the most complete and trusted view available of consumers and markets worldwide. Nielsen is divided into two business units:

Nielsen Global Media provides the media and advertising industries with unbiased and reliable metrics. This helps create a shared understanding of the industry, which is required for markets to function.

Nielsen Global Connect (NielsenIQ) provides consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers with accurate, actionable information and insights and a complete picture of the complex and changing marketplace that companies need to innovate and grow.

Netflix Secures International Streaming Rights for 21 Animated Movies from Studio Ghibli

Fans in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America will be able to enjoy films from the Academy Award®-winning Japanese art house behind Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro

Netflix announced that beginning on February 1st, twenty-one feature length animated films from Studio Ghibli, the Academy Award®-winning Japanese art house, will be made available on the service globally through distribution partner Wild Bunch International, as part of the company’s continued efforts to grow its best-in-class library of animated films. The three primary countries that will not be included in this streaming deal includes the United States, Canada, and Japan.

“In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences,” Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said. “We’ve listened to our fans and have made the definitive decision to stream our film catalogue. We hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli through this experience”.

For the first time ever, this expansive catalogue of Studio Ghibli films will be subtitled in 28 languages, and dubbed in up to 20 languages. This partnership will enable fans in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America to enjoy beloved classics, such as Academy Award®-winner Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Arrietty, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, among others, each one preserved in their native languages for the subtitled versions.

“In finding the best digital partner for Studio Ghibli, our most valuable and faithful collaborators for 20 years, the Netflix team convinced us with their consistent love and energy for finding the best ways to promote the incredible and unique catalogue worldwide with respect to the Studio Ghibli philosophy” Vincent Maraval, Chief Executive Officer at Wild Bunch International had mentioned.

Below is the release schedule for Studio Ghibli films on Netflix:

February 1, 2020

  • Castle in the Sky (1986)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  • Only Yesterday (1991)
  • Porco Rosso (1992)
  • Ocean Waves (1993)
  • Tales from Earthsea (2006)

March 1, 2020

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • The Cat Returns (2002)
  • Arrietty (2010)
  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

April 1, 2020

  • Pom Poko (1994)
  • Whisper of the Heart (1995)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008)
  • From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
  • The Wind Rises (2013)
  • When Marnie Was There (2014)

“This is a dream come true for Netflix and millions of our members. Studio Ghibli’s animated films are legendary and have enthralled fans around the world for over 35 years.” said Aram Yacoubian, Director of Original Animation at Netflix. “We’re excited to make them available in more languages across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia, so that more people can enjoy this whimsical and wonderful world of animation.”

Streaming rights for the Studio Ghibli movies within the United States was awarded to WarnerMedia last fall for their newly designed HBO Max service when it will be officially launched this spring.