Since it was announced that Dune, the work of Frank Herbert, would be brought back to the big screen, science fiction lovers were waiting to see what it would be like. After all, the person responsible for this new version would be nothing more and nothing less than Denis Villeneuve, one of the directors with the best résumé, with films like Enemy, Arrival and Prisoners. In addition, it had a cast of the highest level.
Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem were the main figures of this new version of Dune. What was originally going to be an agreed premiere for 2020, had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Following the restructuring of the commercial strategy of Warner Bros. Pictures, there was a controversy with Legendary, the main producer of the film, and Villeneuve.
Seeing the conditions in which cinemas around the world had reopened, the studio opted for a hybrid layout. This implied that the film was seen both in theaters and through the brand new platform, HBO Max. The first title to have this tour was Wonder Woman 1984And the controversy was not long in coming: Directors didn’t want their films to not have a sizable window in theaters.
Denis Villeneuve’s opinion
One of the main detractors of the hybrid mechanism of premieres was Christopher Nolan, which forced the studio to release Tenet in rooms. Such was the dispute that his next film will be the first in 20 years that he does not distribute Warner Bros. Pictures and the rights will be for Universal Pictures. Denis Villeneuve so little did he agree with this position and publicly questioned it, along with some actors from Dune, What Chalamet that was presented in Saturday Night Live with a sweatshirt Legendary.
Nevertheless, Villeneuve seems to have changed his mind and his last statements were less bellicose towards Warner Bros. Pictures. For the director “The enemy is the pandemic” and he no longer frowns on the hybrid premiere of Dune. In the United States, the launch will take place simultaneously in theaters and through HBO Max. What will happen in Latin America? As with all previous titles, unfortunately the hybrid release policy does not apply in the region and fans will have to wait around 40 days to see it through the streaming.
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