Sean Parker Invests in Peter Jackson's VFX Company Weta Digital

Sean Parker Invests in Peter Jackson's VFX Company Weta Digital

New Zealand-based visual effects giant is behind the characters Gollum and Caesar

  • AGAINST: Roland Emmerich
    The “Independence Day: Resurgence” director joined the chorus of Parker detractors saying, “it’s crucial that we support and protect the cinematic experience.” 

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  • FOR: Peter Jackson
    The “Hobbit” helmer said the device “does not play off studio against theater owner. Instead it respects both, and is structured to support the long term health of both exhibitors and distributors.” 

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  • FOR: Steven Spielberg
    Perhaps the most important of all backers, Mr. Spielberg is also an advisor to Parker. 

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  • AGAINST: James Cameron 
    The “Titanic” and “Avatar” director joined producer Jon Landau in blasting the conceit, saying, “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.”

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  • FOR: Martin Scorsese
    The iconic director also serves as one of Parker’s advisors.

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  • FOR: J.J. Abrams
    The gatekeeper of the “Star Wars” universe sits on Parker’s panel of advisers.

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  • AGAINST: Jon Landau
    The mega-grossing producer blasted Parker’s notion in a joint statement with director James Cameron, saying “both Jim and I remain committed to the sanctity of the in-theater experience. For us, from both a creative and financial standpoint, it is essential for movies to be offered exclusively in theaters for their initial release.”

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  • AGAINST: Christopher Nolan
    The “Interstellar” director echoed support for Screening Room dissenters James Cameron and Jon Landau, saying “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.” 

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  • FOR: Ron Howard
    In remarks with Grazer, Howard said “Screening Room uniquely provides [a] solution.” 

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  • AGAINST: M. Night Shyamalan
    The “Signs” director has opposed the proposal, tweeting, “Once filmmakers & theater owners open the door to this idea, there is no going back. The movie going experience is something to fight for!”

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  • FOR: Brian Grazer
    In a joint statement with director Ron Howard, the prolific producer said Screening Room is “fair, balanced and provides significant value for the entire industry that we love. We make movies for the big screen and for as many people to see it.”

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  • FOR: Frank Marshall
    The prolific producer is on a board of Parker’s advisors for this specific concept. 

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  • Major directors and producers are divided over the tech entrepreneur’s plan to stream new movies at home for $50 the week of opening

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