Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese are joining forces with other movie directors like James Cameron to make sure that movie theatres around the U.S. have a fighting chance against the pandemic.

As theatres have remained closed since March, many movies have been forced to delay their premiere dates, or in some cases go straight to streaming services.

Eastwood and Scorsese help theatres out

Joining forces, Oscar-winning film directors James Cameron, Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese are teaming up to ensure the survival of movie theatres around the U.S.

On Wednesday, theatres around the nation set an appeal, asking for financial aid since most have been forced to shut their doors since March.

In a letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the three Hollywood alums pleaded for funding to ensure that while the world still grapples with the pandemic, we can return one day to the big screens.

In the statement obtained by ET, the letter included their worries for the industry, saying, "theatres may not survive the impact of the pandemic."

The letter was signed by 70 movie directors, along with the National Association of Theatre Owners, the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Picture Association.

Many small cities across the nation have been able to open their doors at limited capacity, but big-ticket cities like New York and Los Angeles won't be able to in the foreseeable future. 

"Cinemas are an essential industry that represents the best that American talent and creativity have to offer. But now we fear for their future," the letter said.

In the letter, they asked Congress to redirect unspent funds from the coronavirus aid package or enact new proposals that would help movie theatres weather the pandemic.

Peter Mayhew & Harrison Ford in 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope' (USA 1977).

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