WarnerMedia boss reacts to criticism from Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve

Dune (2020)
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“When you try something new, you should expect reactions from people who aren’t comfortable with the change,” the WarnerMedia boss said to criticism from Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve.

How to do when you have managed to gang up against yourself Christopher Nolan, James Gunn, Denis Villeneuve? In an interview with the New York TimesWarnerMedia chief executive Jason Kilar responded to the flood of criticism that followed the studio’s announcement to release its 2021 films both in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. Kilar, judging that the reaction of the directors was “painful”, stated that “We clearly have a lot of work to do alongside them as they navigate this pandemic.” Further on: “There’s no situation where everyone is going to stand up and applaud. That’s not how innovation works. It’s not easy, it’s not supposed to be easy. When you try something new, you should expect reactions from people who are not comfortable with the change.

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Not sure that this calms the anger of the Warner directors, qualified here a little quickly to “people who are not comfortable with change”. Legendary studio, co-producer of Dune and Godzilla Vs Kong, notably learned of Warner’s change in strategy very shortly before the public announcement, and would be ready to prevent the release of Dune streaming on HBO Maxdescribed by Chris Nolan as “worst streaming service”, let’s remember. And now, three actors of Dune, Jason Momoa (also star of the big box Aquaman, the sequel to be released in December 2022), Timothée Chalamet and Josh Brolin have joined the sling. In short, we have not finished talking about it.

Dune: Timothée Chalamet, Jason Momoa and Josh Brolin support Denis Villeneuve against Warner Bros.

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