By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
While AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group are generally associated with movie theater chains, according to The Hollywood Reporter, they’ll soon be getting in on the film distribution game, too.
The two companies have formed Open Road Films, a distribution studio which plans to release eight to ten major films each year. In charge will be CEO Tom Ortenberg, who has experience in the business as a former executive at Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company.
While Ortenberg seems happy to be a part of this new venture, his comments on the subject probably won’t sound too interesting to the average film fan: “With strong support from exhibition we will market and distribute wide-release motion pictures in an effective, cost-efficient manner, playing in all theatre chains across the country.”
Well, that doesn’t exactly let us know what types of movies we can expect from Open Road, but we’re all for new companies getting involved in distribution. The more participants in the market, the more likely we are to get exposed to a wide variety of films that we may not have seen otherwise.
Of course, they could just release the usual studio fare, but we’re hoping that they’ll find an interesting niche and select some good films for audiences.