Denis Villeneuve: Hollywood "Is About Wall Street" and "Creativity Is Restricted" ‘Freedom and Taking Risks’ Will Save Cinema

Denis Villeneuve is preparing to release "Dune: Part Two" in a very different theatrical landscape than in 2021. 

Warner Bros. controversially released its whole 2021 film schedule in theaters and on Max (formerly HBO Max) during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There is absolutely no love for cinema, nor for the audience here," Villeneuve said in a Variety editorial.

The existence of a telecom giant with over $150 billion in debt is at stake. 

Thus, if 'Dune' is about cinema and consumers, AT&T is about Wall Street survival. 

 After HBO Max's first failure, AT&T sacrificed Warner Bros.' whole 2021 slate to attract viewers' attention."

Villeneuve added, "Warner Bros.' rapid shift from a legacy home for filmmakers to full contempt struck a clear line for me. 

Warner Bros. has terminated their partnership in filmmaking, which requires trust and teamwork.

Despite streaming in many regions, "Dune" earned $402 million globally, and now "Dune: Part Two" is poised to debut entirely in cinema theaters. 

Since the first "Dune" movie released, the box office and movie theaters have rebounded, although not to pre-pandemic levels.

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