Although Villeneuve believes streaming services contribute to the entertainment ecosystem, he believes movies like Dune must be watched in theaters. “Streaming can produce great content, but premium movies cannot. Dunes scope and scale, ”he wrote. He said Dune is the best movie he’s ever made and one that his team worked hard to make the film for theaters. But with this gesture, Villeneuve believes that “Warner Bros. could have killed the Dune franchise.”
“I want the public to understand that streaming alone cannot support the film industry as we knew it before COVID,” he said.
Villeneuve recognized the importance of public safety and that movie theater viewing is not a great option for many people around the world today. He explained that he wanted the film’s release to be delayed until October 2021 “when the vaccinations are advanced and hopefully the virus behind us.”
AT&T and HBO Max have defended his controversial decisionThe CEO of the telecommunications company, John Stankey, told a UBS banking conference on Tuesday: “I think when we’re really honest about it, there’s a win-win-win here. He added: “We think this is a great way for us to enter the market faster and faster.”
Villeneuve is not the only director to speak on this subject. Christopher Nolan, whose latest film Principle released in select theaters earlier this year, has talked about the problem, calling it “a real bait and a switch”.
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman 1984 set to debut on HBO Max on Christmas Day. Before this outing, the the streaming service has seen its subscriber number increase from 8.6 million activations (end of September) to 12.6 million.