If you’re not taking note of the turmoil in Hollywood over Warner Bros.’ resolution to place all its 2021 movies on HBO Max and in theaters on the identical time, you might need missed a veiled swipe that Timothee Chalamet made on the finish of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.
During the customary end-of-show farewell, Chalamet implored viewers to “treat others with kindness,” giving credit score to fellow latest “SNL” host Harry Styles for saying it first. But some on Twitter identified that the actor was sporting a hoodie that includes the emblem of Legendary, the studio that produced two main blockbusters that Warner is together with within the HBO Max transfer: “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “Dune,” the latter of which stars Chalamet as galactic hero Paul Atreides. Both movies have been set to launch in 2020 however have been moved to subsequent 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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timothée being nervous on the finish, sporting that legendary hoodie, remembering to deal with folks with kindness…and with these arms hidden in his sleeves is all of the world have to be a batter place …tonight 💙
— musetta – timothée chalamet each day (@Musetta_May) December 13, 2020
Earlier this week, insiders advised TheWrap that the surprising HBO Max transfer has angered executives at Legendary, which supplied many of the $150 million-plus budgets for the 2 movies below the assumption that the movies could be launched for theaters, although Warner Bros. insiders have mentioned that the studio has cashflowed the whole manufacturing price range on “Godzilla vs. Kong.” While Warner Bros. is hoping the 17 movies shifting to day-and-date launch will enhance HBO Max’s struggling subscriber numbers, Legendary and different manufacturing companions on these movies at the moment are searching for solutions on how this transformation will have an effect on the back-end offers that paid the studios primarily based on field workplace efficiency.
While Legendary is weighing its choices — together with attainable authorized motion — “Dune” director Denis Villeneuve spoke out in opposition to the HBO Max transfer in an op-ed for Variety, saying that Warner mother or father firm AT&T has “hijacked one of the most respectable and important studios in film history.”
“I understood and supported the decision to delay ‘Dune’s’ opening by almost a year. The plan was that ‘Dune’ would open in theaters in October 2021, when vaccinations will be advanced and, hopefully, the virus behind us,” Villeneuve wrote. “Streaming can produce great content, but not movies of ‘Dune’s’ scope and scale. Warner Bros.’ decision means ‘Dune’ won’t have the chance to perform financially in order to be viable and piracy will ultimately triumph. Warner Bros. might just have killed the ‘Dune’ franchise.”
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