You know a director loves his work when he’s worried about the movie’s survivability rather than just thinking of the money. Denis Villeneuve’s cinematic version of Dune will be making its debut on HBO Max on the 1st of October, 2021––and Villeneuve is worried about an early outing for the franchise.
cant wait for Dune (2021)!!!!!!
— Q (@quinolinee) December 13, 2020
Like all things, the worry stems from something greater––for Villeneuve, it’s Warner’s decision to premiere Dune on the streaming platform and theaters at the same time.
“Dune won’t have the chance to perform financially,” and this might be the same reason how Warner “might have just killed the Dune franchise.”
If Villeneuve’s name rings a bell, then you’re right because it should. Having directed Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 is an achievement in itself––but does also reflect his distrust in himself. Blade Runner 2049 had no intentions of becoming a total box office hit––no pandemic, Harrison Ford, and Ryan Gosling are but three reasons why the sci-fi movie got the results.
Long story short, Villeneuve is more than capable of making anything that he touches live up to the expectations. Maybe the people have already transitioned to the future, not a traditional box office setting. If the future does rely on streaming platforms, then Villeneuve is already a step ahead.
As of late, streaming platforms like HBO Max, Netflix, and Amazon Prime have been on top of their games, and looks as if it’s the best way forward for sequels like Dune‘s after its 2021 release. If HBO Max and Warner Bros. like the audience response, it won’t take long for them to start thinking about a TV series and a huge pilot episode.