Dune director Denis Villeneuve slams Warner Bros. after shifting its launch to HBO Max

The studio introduced final week they might be utilizing this hybrid launch mannequin for its total 2021 movie slate, together with Dune, The Matrix 4 and Godzilla vs. Kong.

“There may be completely no love for cinema, nor for the viewers right here,” Villeneuve stated in his essay on the Selection web site.

He stated the choice was concerning the survival of a ‘telecom mammoth’ AT&T, which owns Warner Bros.

“AT&T determined to sacrifice Warner Bros.’ total 2021 slate in a determined try and seize the viewers’s consideration.”

Villeneuve isn’t the primary director of his calibre to talk out towards Warner Bros. for its resolution to maneuver movies to HBO Max.





Final week, The Darkish Knight director Christopher Nolan unloaded on WarnerMedia for sending Warner Bros.’ total 2021 film slate on to US streaming service HBO Max, as a consequence of America’s ongoing coronavirus disaster.

Villeneuve continued: “Warner Bros.’ sudden reversal from being a legacy house for filmmakers to the brand new period of full disregard attracts a transparent line for me. Filmmaking is a collaboration, reliant on the mutual belief of workforce work and Warner Bros. has declared they’re now not on the identical workforce.”

Initially, Warner Bros. was going to launch Dune in cinemas on December 18, nonetheless the pandemic compelled the studio to postpone the discharge till October 1, 2021, a transfer Villeneuve supported.

“Streaming can produce nice content material, however not motion pictures of Dune’s scope and scale,” the director wrote. “Warner Bros.’ resolution means Dune gained’t have the possibility to carry out financially with a purpose to be viable and piracy will in the end triumph. Warner Bros. may simply have killed the Dune franchise.”

Final week in his critcism, Christopher Nolan accused HBO Max of being “the worst streaming service,” and warned that filmmakers will now not wish to work with Warner within the wake of its industry-shattering resolution.

“A few of our {industry}’s greatest filmmakers and most essential film stars went to mattress the evening earlier than pondering they have been working for the best film studio and woke as much as discover out they have been working for the worst streaming service,” stated Nolan in a press release supplied to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Warner Bros. had an unimaginable machine for getting a filmmaker’s work out in all places, each in theatres and within the house, and they’re dismantling it as we converse,” he continued. “They don’t even perceive what they’re shedding.

“Their resolution makes no financial sense, and even probably the most informal Wall Avenue investor can see the distinction between disruption and dysfunction.”

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