Denis Villeneuve compares Dune’s HBO Max outing to driving a speedboat in a bathtub

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Months after writing an open letter protesting WarnerMedia’s decision to release its next sci-fi epic, Dune, simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters, director Denis Villeneuvehis wounds have not yet healed. He said Total movie that he is “still not happy” with what happened, and compared watching Dune home to drive “a speedboat in your tub”.

In December 2020, days after it was announced that all of Warner Bros. ‘ The 2021 slate would benefit from a simultaneous release in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service, Villeneuve offered a firm rebuttal to the announcement. He agreed that “public safety comes first”, but warned that “streaming alone cannot support the film industry”. He was joined in his protest by Christophe nolan, who expressed dismay at the way Warner Bros. had blinded the filmmakers, and called HBO Max “the worst streaming service”.

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Now that the dust has settled a bit, here is what Villeneuve had to say:

“First of all, the enemy of cinema is the pandemic. That’s the thing. We understand that the movie industry is under enormous pressure right now. That, I understand. The way it is. happened, I’m still not happy. Frankly, watching Dune on TV, the best way to compare is to drive a speedboat in your tub. To me that’s ridiculous. It’s a movie which was made as a tribute to the big screen experience. ”

Dune, based on Franck Herbertthe landmark 1965 novel, has already been adapted for the big screen by David Lynch, to disastrous results. Before that, cult filmmaker Alejandro jodorowsky spent years putting together an adaptation, but it was eventually canceled due to budget issues. For many years, therefore, the novel was considered too dense to be adapted for cinema, a concern which did not escape Villeneuve. He said, however, that because everyone is happy with the film he made, he is “very optimistic” about the advisability of making Dune: part two for which he plans to adapt the second half of Herbert’s novel.

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While Nolan is reportedly courted by rival studios after his fallout with Warner Bros., Villeneuve doesn’t just have another Dune film to be made for the studio, but also a streaming spin-off for HBO Max. Featuring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh brolin, Jason momoa, Davie Bautista, Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd, and Javier bardem, Dune will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and will be released on October 22 in theaters and on HBO Max (for 31 days).

Here is the official synopsis of Dune:

The journey of a mythical and emotionally charged hero, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born in a great destiny beyond his comprehension, who must travel to the most dangerous planet. of the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As evil forces explode in conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource that exists – a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential – only those who can overcome their fear will survive.

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