Director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming epic adaptation of author Frank Herbert’s classic novel Dune is coming soon. And today we have word the film might skip out on the controversial recent HBO Max deal for a more traditional theatrical release.
Deadline reports Warner Bros. hopes for “a traditional theatrical to preserve its franchise potential.” Especially since its October release “falls well after the estimated late spring date when Covid vaccines should achieve herd immunity.”
Yeah… and this update just happens to come after Villeneuve spoke out about the HBO Max deal. Where he said the deal will destroy the future of the franchise.
He writes: “I want the audience to understand that streaming alone can’t sustain the film industry as we knew it before COVID. Streaming can produce great content, but not movies of “Dune’s” scope and scale. Warner Bros.’ decision means “Dune” won’t have the chance to perform financially in order to be viable and piracy will ultimately triumph. Warner Bros. might just have killed the “Dune” franchise.”
Read his full statement HERE.
Villeneuve directs Dune from a script he wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, based on the novel. Chalamet, Ferguson, and Brolin’s co-stars include Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, and Javier Bardem. Charlotte Rampling joins in with Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Jason Momoa, Stephen Henderson, and Zendaya.
Dune finds Duke Leto Atreides accepts stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis. Also known as Dune. The only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, the spice. It’s a drug that extends life, provides superhuman thoughts, and makes space travel possible. Leto knows the opportunity is a trap. But he takes his concubine Lady Jessica, young son and heir Paul, and most trusted advisers to Arrakis. Leto takes control of the spice mining operation. A bitter betrayal leads Paul and Jessica to the Fremen, natives of Arrakis who live in the deep desert.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some disturbing images, and suggestive material. Dune hits theaters and HBO Max on October 1, 2021.
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