Christopher Nolan opposes home movie service

Director Christopher Nolan has joined James Cameron in opposing Sean Parker's controversial start-up named Screening Room.

Christopher Nolan has come out in opposition of a proposed home streaming movie service.

Screening Room is a controversial start-up which plans to release box office films to subscribers at home on the same day as they hit movie theatres.

The brainchild of Napster's Sean Parker and his business partner Prem Akkaraju, Screening Room will offer new releases for $50 (£34) per 48-hour view. Customers will also pay $150 (£104) for access to the technology, which is said to be piracy-proof.

Now, Inception director Christopher has aligned himself with James Cameron and his producing partner Jon Landau in opposition to the proposal.

“It would be hard to express the great importance of exclusive theatrical presentation to our industry more compellingly than Jon Landau and James Cameron did,” he told Variety magazine on Wednesday (16Mar16).

While Jon, speaking in a statement made previously said he remained committed to the sanctity of the in-theatre experience.

"We don’t understand why the industry would want to provide audiences an incentive to skip the best form to experience the art that we work so hard to create," he said.

In 2011, the trio were among a long list of filmmakers and producers who signed a letter opposing a short-lived experiment by four Hollywood studios to make titles available on DirecTV 60 days after they first opened in theatres for $29.99 (£21). Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson was a signatory as well, but now he is on board with Screening Room as he believes as well as sharing revenue with theatres, it will capture consumers who don't go to the movies.

America's largest movie chain, AMC Theatres, has endorsed the project along with a number of top directors.

Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and J.J. Abrams have all endorsed the business and believe that Screening Room could grow overall revenues by targeting movie watchers who don't regularly see films in a theatre.

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