Independence Day director Roland Emmerich has tweeted out a response against Sean Parker’s proposed day-and-date major studio in-home service The Screening Room. He joins James Cameron, Jon Landau and Christopher Nolan as those filmmakers protesting the concept which could ruin the exhibition and moviegoing business. Back in 2011, Emmerich was among a long list of filmmakers who signed NATO’s open letter against the premium video on demand model being proposed by DirecTV. Here’s Emmerich’s tweet:
Next up for Emmerich is 20th Century Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence on June 24, the long awaited sequel to the 1996 hit.
Coming out in support of the close of the theatrical window, however, is producer Todd Garner, who also signed the 2011 letter. “I do think that for some movies The Screening Room makes sense,” he told Deadline. “These tentpoles are sucking up so many of the theaters for so much of the time … their tails are so long that the distributors are either having to double their marketing spend or the films are going away. I think for those movies, a day and date system isn’t a bad idea.”
Garner was the producer on Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, which was one of the films that Paramount, AMC and Cineplex partnered on for a day-and-day VOD release. That picture opened to $1.8M in over 1,500 theaters and has made $14.86M worldwide on what was said to be a budget of $15M.