Dune’s Denis Villeneuve Praises IMAX, Says He Hates ‘Content material’

Léa Seydoux as Girl Margot Fenring in Dune: Half Two.
Photograph: Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros.

Barbie—a film so huge it had already won the U.S. box office in August—can be a film so huge that on Friday, it made the leap to IMAX for a one-week run. As standard, Barbie is on the forefront of what’s in style, one thing Dune director Denis Villeneuve, who’s very pro-IMAX, appears to agree with.

“The way forward for cinema is IMAX and the massive codecs,” Villeneuve told the AP (through IndieWire) in an interview printed earlier than Barbie’s large-format bow, however with the towering success of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer in thoughts. “The viewers needs to see one thing that they can’t have at dwelling, that they can’t have on streaming. They need to expertise an occasion.”

With out insulting motion pictures which are made specifically for streaming (or that find yourself bypassing the theater and going straight to streaming), the director—whose Dune was launched day-and-date in theaters and what was then called HBO Max, due to pandemic issues—makes it clear the place his favor lies. “There’s this notion that motion pictures, in some folks’s minds, grew to become content material as a substitute of an artwork type. I hate that phrase, ‘content material.’ That motion pictures like Oppenheimer are launched on the massive display and change into an occasion brings again a highlight on the concept it’s an amazing artwork type that must be skilled in theaters.”

Dune: Half Two was initially slated to come back out later this yr, however noticed its launch date shifted (because of strike issues this time) to March 15, 2024.

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