Several filmmakers have come out blasting Warner Bros decision of making a simultaneous theatrical and OTT release of all their films of 2021 on HBO Max. Recently, Christopher Nolan slammed the studio like never before and now, Dune director Denis Villeneuve has joined the bandwagon.
Speaking to Variety, Denis explained that cinema is the only medium which can give you a unique viewing experience. He says that the decision has hijacked one of the major studios of Hollywood. He also adds that such a deal is an insult of filmmakers who have invested their blood and sweat to make their project for a big-screen experience.
Denis Villeneuve said, “I learned in the news that Warner Bros. has decided to release “Dune” on HBO Max at the same time as our theatrical release, using prominent images from our movie to promote their streaming service. With this decision, AT&T has hijacked one of the most respectable and important studios in film history. There is absolutely no love for cinema, nor for the audience here. It is all about the survival of a telecom mammoth, one that is currently bearing an astronomical debt of more than $150 billion.”
“Even though “Dune” is about cinema and audiences, AT&T is about its own survival on Wall Street. With HBO Max’s launch a failure thus far, AT&T decided to sacrifice Warner Bros.’ entire 2021 slate in a desperate attempt to grab the audience’s attention. Warner Bros.’ sudden reversal from being a legacy home for filmmakers to the new era of complete disregard draws a clear line for me. Filmmaking is a collaboration, reliant on the mutual trust of team work and Warner Bros. has declared they are no longer on the same team,” Denis Villeneuve added.
“Dune is by far the best movie I’ve ever made. 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 theatres,” he continued by slamming the step of simultaneous release.