Legendary’s Fight Against Warner Bros. Could Save ‘Dune’ from HBO Max — Report
Less than a week after Warner Bros. announced it would switch the entire 2021 film franchise to a hybrid HBO Max release model that Legendary Entertainment was supposed to challenge the Hollywood studio over the decision. Legendary funded 75% of the Dune and Godzilla vs. Kong budgets. As part of Warner Bros.'s new release strategy, these tent poles will open in cinemas the same day they can be streamed exclusively on HBO Max for 31 days. Deadline now reports that Legendary's fight against Warner Bros. could at least save "Dune" from a streaming fate.
As Deadline reports, “Legendary is in a major battle that could lead to litigation after 75% of the tent poles Dune and Godzilla Vs. Kong “and was completely blind. Rumors have the solution to this violation in getting "Dune" as a traditional theater in order to maintain its franchise potential, and since its October 1st release date it's been well past the estimated late spring date that Covid vaccines herd immunity should achieve. "Godzilla Vs. Kong could keep an HBO Max hybrid in his slot on May 21st, but only if Warner Bros. makes a deal with Legendary that uses as a basis the $ 250 million value that was set when the movie was earlier was bought from Netflix. "
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Deadline originally reported that Legendary's biggest problem with moving from "Dune" to a hybrid release model was that it could affect the franchise's long-term economic viability. "Dune" by Denis Villeneuve is the first entry in a planned two-part adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel. The film should also lay the foundation for a television series.
When it comes to Godzilla vs. Kong, Legendary allegedly hired Netflix to buy Godzilla vs. Kong for around $ 250 million earlier this year. Warner Bros. parent company WarnerMedia reportedly blocked the decision, opening the door for the tentpole of the monster film to be released on HBO Max in addition to theaters. On the deadline, Legendary reportedly wants to secure the same valuation of $ 250 million from Warner Bros. for its decision to stream Godzilla vs. Kong. IndieWire reached out to Legendary Entertainment for a comment.
If Legendary manages to get "Dune" as a theatrical-only release, the writer and director Villeneuve will surely like it. The filmmaker opposed Warner Bros. decision to move "Dune" to HBO Max and posted an essay on Variety earlier this month saying the decision "could have killed the franchise".
"There's absolutely no love for the cinema or the audience here," wrote Villeneuve of HBO Max's decision. "It's about the survival of a telecommunications mammoth that currently has an astronomical debt of more than $ 150 billion. While "Dune" is about cinema and audiences, AT&T is about its own survival on Wall Street. After failing to launch HBO Max so far, AT&T decided to sacrifice Warner Bros.'s entire plan for 2021 in order to get audience attention. "
"Dune" is currently slated for a hybrid release on October 1, 2021. Godzilla vs. Kong will be released earlier on May 21, 2021.
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