“Dune” HBO Max Co-Launch Undecided

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Ever since it began its promotion for simultaneous cinema and HBO Max releases, Warner Bros. Pictures has been touting that its entire 2021 slate would be a part of the move.

That included its biggest release of the year – Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune”. However out of all the films taking this path, “Dune” is the one that has hit the most pushback from those involved be it Legendary who co-financed and co-produced the project to Villeneuve and the cast.

A new report at Deadline indicates the film still isn’t guaranteed to have a simultaneous HBO Max release despite Legendary’s “Godzilla vs. Kong” doing it and still opening to a strong $48.5 million five day launch and currently at nearly $300 million at the global box-office after just over a week of release.

Those numbers are suggesting Fall releases should be back towards pre-pandemic numbers and so Warners may seriously consider keeping “Dune” to theaters.

The film opens October 1st and Warners has indicated its post-2021 plans are for new release movies to premiere on HBO Max 45 days after their cinema launch.

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