'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' to be shown in French cinemas 2022
Much ado about nothing. Disney, which for several weeks had been threatening not to release Ryan Coogler's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the new Marvel Studios film, will finally end up releasing it in theaters on November 9. The company was threatening to release it only on its Disney platform.
To explain the decision, The Walt Disney Company said on Monday, October 17: "Public authorities have clearly recognized the need to modernize the media chronology, and a clear timetable has now been set to discuss it."
The "media chronology" refers to the French system defining the order in which a film can be exploited by various media after its theatrical release. By releasing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in theaters, Disney will not be able to offer it in France on its streaming platform Disney+ until 2024.
The company says "the current media chronology is not adapted to the behavior and expectations of the spectators, is counterproductive and exposes all producers and artists to an increased risk of piracy. For all these reasons, we share the opinion of the majority of the players in our sector, who agree that it must be completely revised".
Meetings are planned by the National Center for Cinema in February 2023 to work on a possible new definition of the media chronology, which could allow films to be released more quickly on TV and streaming platforms after their theatrical releases. In the meantime, Disney will continue to decide on the release strategy on a case-by-case basis.