“We need blockbusters” in theaters, Culture Minister Rima Abdul-Malak said on Tuesday, welcoming Disney’s confirmation of the release of the next Marvel Black Panther 2 in French cinemas. release this film in theatres, which would have been a real handicap for our cinemas. Let’s not forget that these American films finance French cinema” via a tax on tickets (which makes it possible to finance part of the CNC), continued the minister, on the sidelines of a visit to the National School of Architecture in Strasbourg. “These blockbusters, which bring a lot of people to our cinemas, we need them”, she continued, while French cinemas have lost a third of their audience since the pandemic and have experienced a low historic in September. France is an exception with its film release schedule spanning more than a year between cinemas, platforms and television, a rule called media chronology, intended to protect cinemas and diversity of creation. This model was reformed eight months ago to integrate the platforms, but the subject remains hot. Disney, which seeks to promote its own Disney + streaming offer, is calling for adjustments, notably threatening to no longer release certain blockbusters in cinemas at all. . Negotiations opened in early October, and on Monday Disney finally confirmed Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s big screen release on November 9. “The Media Timeline […] cannot be a frozen block of marble”, underlined the minister. Due to “the acceleration of the platform landscape, we cannot wait two years to make it evolve”. The launch of discussions “helped reassure Disney about a desire for evolution, even if that does not mean that ‘we will find an agreement so quickly with him,’ she added. But it also allows “to put an end to this blackmail on the release of certain films in theaters”.