Actor Kyle MacLachlan understands, but isn’t enamored with, Warner Bros.’ decision to release all of its 2021 movies both in theaters and on HBO Max at the same time. MacLachlan, who starred in David Lynch’s 1984 version of Dune, told the Seattle Times that a movie of the new Dune’s size and scale is meant to be seen on the big screen. But he understands that this new strategy of simultaneously releasing movies in theaters and on streaming services may be the future.
“I’m excited to see it,” MacLachlan said. “It’s one of my favorite books and I look forward to seeing what the director Denis Villeneuve does with it. I think the simultaneous release is kind of the wave of the future. It’s disheartening though because a movie like that is meant to be seen on the large screen.”
MacLachlan is not the first high-profile Hollywood personality to weigh in on this new way of watching movies in 2021. Before this, Tenet director Christopher Nolan slammed HBO Max as the “worst streaming service” after WB announced its plan for simultaneous releases in theaters and for streaming. Adam Wingard, who directed Godzilla vs. Kong, said he was initially “devastated” to learn his movie would come to HBO Max on day one, but he later warmed up to the idea.
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