Dune: WB reportedly still unsure about film’s HBO Max release plan
When WarnerMedia first announced their same-day release plans, Legendary Entertainment and Dune director Denis Villenueve were the first ones to publicly express their disappointment with the decision. It was also previously rumored last December that Legendary was planning to sue WarnerMedia in order to challenge the HBO Max release of Godzilla vs. Kong and the highly-anticipated Dune. Despite this, both movies continue to be part of the promo videos for Warner Bros.’ simultaneous theater and HBO Max release. However, it seems the current recovery of theater chains and the resurgence of the moviegoing experience might come sooner than expected due to the recent box-office success of Godzilla vs. Kong.
According to Deadline, there is still a possibility that the Timothy Chalamet-led sci-fi action film might stick to its original theatrical release plan as Warner Bros. and Legendary are reportedly still undecided about whether the pic should also debut on HBO Max or not. With Godzilla vs. Kong‘s promising opening week numbers, it’s likely that Warner might heavily consider keeping Dune only in theaters.
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, the Dune movie tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
The film will be led by a star-studded cast including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, with Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.
Based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, Dune is directed and executive produced. by Denis Villeneuve from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth. It is produced by Cale Boyter, Joe Caracciolo Jr. and Mary Parent.
The film is currently set for an October 6 release.