It seems like Dune will be released in cinemas internationally two weeks before it’s released on HBO Max. Whilst the source is somewhat reputable (Box Office Pro France) it’s yet to be confirmed via the industry sheets. However, it’s looking likely as we reported last month that Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures were in negotiations after a backlash against their plan for 2021 streaming releases.
Coming out of the news today is a release date of September 15th internationally (i.e. outside of America) for Dune. This would be two weeks before it hits HBO Max and potentially other streaming platforms outside the US giving cinemas a much-needed exclusive release time.
Dune will be released in cinemas two weeks before HBO Max
Read more: Dune Rumoured To Be Delayed Until Early 2021
Warner Bros. has already had to deal with legal action and further pay-outs to cast & crew as a result of losing theatrical revenue. Ever since they announced their HBO Max Cinematic release strategy last year, they’ve been stuck in negotiations with various production companies who were blind-sided by the decision.
Director Christopher Nolan was particularly critical of the decision which has led him to be looking for a new company to work for as a result of the fallout. Dune director Denis Villeneuve was also highly critical of the decision, especially for a film designed for the big screen such as Dune.
He was also further put out that like many other Directors he hadn’t even been consulted about the move. Indeed, for some most involved in the production of the slate, it was first known when they read the news themselves.
But it seems very likely internationally, Warner Bros. is to make concessions in order to appease the cinema market and for a slice of box office revenue.
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