Dune director Denis Villeneuve still not happy about HBO Max release

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Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Dune's latest big screen adaptation is nearly here, from Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve. Although, as part of Warner Bros' plans, the film is premiering on their US streaming service HBO Max on the same day, just like the entire 2021 film slate.

Villeneuve was one of the people who criticised the controversial move when it was announced, and now the dust has settled and we've seen how Warner Bros' films have done, he's still not over the moon about it.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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Speaking to Total Film magazine, the director explained his thoughts on the whole situation, stating: "First of all, the enemy of cinema is the pandemic. That's the thing. We understand that the cinema industry is under tremendous pressure right now. That I get.

"The way it happened, I'm still not happy. Frankly, to watch Dune on a television, the best way I can compare it is to drive a speedboat in your bathtub. For me, it's ridiculous. It's a movie that has been made as a tribute to the big-screen experience."

Still, Villeneuve is confident that the studio are going to go ahead with a sequel, or Part Two, as it were.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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"Everybody at Warner Bros and Legendary, they are 100 percent behind the project," he said. "They feel that it would need a really bad outcome at the box office to not have a Dune: Part Two, because they love the movie.

"They are proud of the movie, so they want the movie to move forward... I'm very optimistic... I'm writing [Part Two] now, and I feel like I'm eight years old again."

Dune will be released in cinemas and on HBO Max in the US on October 22, and a day earlier in UK cinemas.

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