Directors Take Sides in Premium VOD Fight

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Christopher Nolan and Jon Favreau are among the latest directors opposing the new VOD service supported by Warner Bros., Universal, Fox and Sony. THR has learned that the Inception and Iron Man helmers recently joined James Cameron and others in signing an April open letter from the National Association of Theatre Owners slamming DirecTV's Home Premiere offering, which puts movies in homes only two months after their theatrical release for $29.95. Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shyamalan, David Dobkin and The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal also have signed. So far, DirecTV won't say how the service is doing, though chatter persists that it has fallen flat. And sources say the studios are working to repair exhibitor relations.