Hey, this is a surprise! Zack Snyder’s ARMY OF THE DEAD will open in theaters on May 14th, a week before it becomes available for streaming. I am down with that! Netflix has flirted with releasing some of its movies to theaters before, but always in limited release, and they only did it then because they wanted their movies to be eligible for the Oscars and other awards. This time they’re going big. They’ve even got theater chain Cinemark onboard! That means there’s a decent chance the movie will play in a market that’s within a reasonable driving distance for me. Hey, Netflix, if you keep this up with your future releases, I’ll take back the nasty things I’ve said about you.
I’d actually be just fine with it if Netflix were to become just another movie studio, as they do tend to deliver quality product. My whole issue with them was the bogarting of content. There are plenty of us who would rather watch those next two KNIVES OUT movies in theaters, and more than a few like me who can *only* watch them in theaters or on DVD. (Or by going to somebody else’s house who has livestreaming and watching them there, but that’s torture for a confirmed antisocial misanthrope like me.) Theater-going is on the upswing as we come out of the ‘Rona pandemic, and a healthy dose of some zombie action could be just what the doctor ordered for audiences.