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'Dune' Director Slams Warner Bros. for HBO Max Deal, Reveals How He Learned the News

'Dune' Director Slams Warner Bros. for HBO Max Deal, Reveals How He Learned the News

Denis Villeneuve, the director of the upcoming Dune remake, is not happy that Warner Bros. plans on releasing his movie on HBO Max on the same day as the theatrical release.

The 53-year-old director, who is Oscar-nominated for his movie Arrival, wrote an op-ed piece for Variety in which he slammed the studio for the move.

Denis also said he learned about the studio’s decision by reading it in the news along with the rest of the world.

“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,” Denis said in his statement.

He added, “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 called Dune “by far the best movie” he’s ever made and he believes that Warner Bros. “might just have killed the Dune franchise” with this decision.

Learn about the action that the producer of Dune might be taking against Warner Bros.

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