With his next sci-fi epic Dune Representing one of the most anticipated films of 2021, director Denis Villeneuve has revealed just how far he has gone to ensure the film is seen on a big screen. Based on Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 novel, Dune follows Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides, whose family accepts stewardship of the desolate planet Arrakis, the sole source of the life-extending drug Melange, also known as Spice. Villeneuve’s film represents the third attempt to adapt Herbert’s novel after Alejandro Jodorowsky’s first effort in the 1970s failed to get off the ground, and David Lynch’s 1984 was poorly received and bombed at the box office.
Originally scheduled to launch in November 2020, Dune it was delayed several times, initially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to avoid conflicting with the release of the long-delayed James Bond film. There is no time to die. With the delay came the announcement that, as with all Warner Bros movie releases in 2021, Dune It would premiere simultaneously in both theaters and on Warner Bros’ HBO Max streaming service for ad-free subscribers. A development of which Villeneuve has been very critical.
Villeneuve has incredibly expressed his belief that Dune should be seen in a cinema on a big screen, an opinion he doubled during an interview with Press. Speaking to the digital newspaper on August 18, two weeks before Dunes premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 3, Villeneuve revealed that had gone so far as to “[insist] that no one receives a viewing link so the movie can only be viewed on the big screen. “
The director has been highly critical of the recent move toward hybrid movie releases, including Dunes release on HBO Max, which he compared to “drive a speedboat in a bathtub”. The director has also expressed support for Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney over the hybrid release of Black widow However, Villeneuve emphasized Press that Warner Bros decision regarding Dunes broadcast launch “It happened when no one had seen the movie yet. Once they saw it, I felt a change in attitude.” He noted that since then the studio has supported the film’s marketing campaign, and that’s part of what gave the director the ability to veto digital projectors.
Villeneuve is known for creating visually stunning films with artists such as Arrival, Hitman, and Blade Runner 2049. With Dune, the director has had the opportunity to take this to a whole new level by creating breathtaking views. As such, it makes sense why the director would prefer his film to be seen on the big screen in order to fully appreciate the cinematography on display. He’s been a strong advocate of movie theaters as a place to do this, so it’s good to hear that the director was granted his wish when it came to viewing links.
That being said, considering the current increase in COVID-19 cases involving the delta variant, as well as the consequent decline in theater attendance, it also makes sense why studios like Warner Bros would want to offer audiences the option to watch or not your movie in theaters or from the safety of your homes. While artistic integrity is important, it shouldn’t be at the cost of people’s safety during these times. Up to this point Dune It appears to be a visual spectacle, but whether or not this is fulfilled is another matter entirely, and will be a matter to be decided when the film opens on October 22.
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- Dune (2021)Release Date: Oct 01, 2021
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