“Long live theatrical cinema” proclaimed Dune director Denis Villeneuve at the end of a written response to Warner Bros.’ decision to release their entire 2021 slate of films on HBO Max as well as in theaters on the same day, including Dune.
In his statement made to Variety, Villeneuve states that “…with this decision AT&T has hijacked one of the most respectable and important studios in [the] film industry.” As he continues, he comments on the fact that “…streaming alone can’t sustain the film industry as we knew it before COVID,” as well as HBO Max’s launch having been a “failure thus far.”
“‘Dune’ is by the far the best movie I’ve ever made,” Villeneuve continues, “My team and I devoted more than three years of our lives to make it a unique big screen experience. Our movie’s image and sound were meticulously designed to be seen in theaters.”
Dune actors Josh Brolin and Jason Momoa took to social media yesterday to show support for Villeneuve by sharing his article. Villeneuve joins a growing list of filmmakers discontent with Warner Bros.’ decision, including directors Christopher Nolan and Jon M. Chu, among others.
For more Denis Villeneuve’s full statement in regards to HBO Max, visit Variety right here.