How Lionsgate Plans to Release Movies After Coronavirus Shutdowns End

The studio says the Janelle Monáe-led horror film “Antebellum” would be its return to the theater on August 21

It’s the billion-dollar question for Hollywood studios: Will audiences flock back to movie theaters once they reopen?

Lionsgate studio head Joe Drake on Thursday told Wall Street analysts that while he’s confident moviegoers will return, the studio is being cautious in its plans to release films when theaters open their doors and will use data to inform its decisions. The studio also will keep an eye on the Warner Bros. release of “Tenet” in July.

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Trey Williams

Trey Williams

Film Reporter covering the biz • trey.williams@thewrap.com • Twitter: @trey3williams