Dune's Denis Villeneuve Has Big Hopes for the Future of IMAX

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Lea Seydoux as Lady Margot Fenring in Dune: Part Two.
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Barbie–a movie so big it had already won the U.S. box office in August–is also a movie so big that on Friday, it made the leap to IMAX for a one-week run. Denis Villeneuve , the director of Dune, is a big fan of IMAX. | io9 Interview“The future of cinema is IMAX and the large formats,” Villeneuve

(via IndieWire) in an interview published before Barbie‘s large-format bow, but with the towering success of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer in mind. They want to experience an event.” They want to experience an event.”Without insulting movies that are made specifically

for streaming (or that end up bypassing the theater and going straight to streaming), the director–whose Dune was released day-and-date in theaters and what was then called HBO Max, thanks to pandemic concerns–makes it clear where his favor lies. “There’s a notion that movies are viewed as a form of entertainment rather than an art. I hate that word, ‘content.’ That movies like Oppenheimer are released on the big screen and become an event brings back a spotlight on the idea that it’s a tremendous art form that needs to be experienced in theaters.”Dune: Part Two was originally slated to come out later this year, but saw its release date shifted (due to strike concerns this time) to March 15, 2024

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