Denis Villeneuve talked to La Presse about Dune, HBO Max and the lot.
- Denis wasn't aware that his open letter slamming Warner Bros for its HBO Max deal would be so big. He says relations with the studio were difficult after Blade Runner 2049 performed poorly at the box office, stating they only gave the go-ahead for Dune Part 1 but not the second. He says things with the studio changed for the better once they saw the finished film.
- He doesn't want anyone getting any kind of screening link, continuing to enforce that the only way to see the film is on a big screen. He still says the HBO Max deal is unacceptable. That said, he takes full responsbility for the film.
- Currently writing the treatment for Dune Part 2, which will need to be presented to Frank Herbert's beneficiaries before moving on. Denis says he has a great relationship with Frank's son, Brian. After that it all depends on how well Part 1 does. Unlike what has been recently stated about Part 2, Zendaya's Chani will not be the main focus, only that her role has grown.
- Jason Momoa may want an extended 4-6 hour cut, but it will never come out. The 2 hour and 35 minute film is all we're getting.
- Denis fully supports Scarlett Johansson suing Disney, stating what would happen if the talent didn't respect the contracts they signed. He also mentions he will have an "exclusively in theaters" clause in his contracts from now on.
- Denis has an anonymous Twitter account that only follows cinema/international news. Calls tribalization of culture dangerous.
Dune premieres in two weeks at the Venice Film Festival before it makes its debut at TIFF a week later. The film will also play at the New York Film Fesitval. It makes its theater debut on September 15 in markets like France and Italy before hitting North America and the UK on October 22.Source