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Producers of 'Dune' threaten to sue if the movie goes to streaming

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The remake of Dune has been in the works for awhile and was supposed to be in theaters on December 18 but is now set to be released in 2021. Dune is a science fiction film based on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert. The premise is about Duke Leto Atreides who accepts stewardship of the planet Arrakis - also known as Dune. The most valuable thing in the universe is "spice" which is a drug that extends human life and gives people superhuman abilities. 

Warner Bros. wants to redirect its 2021 slate of movies to a “hybrid” model where the films will be released both in theaters and on HBO Max but unfortunately some producers are happy with that idea. Legendary, that company that funded 75% the movie said they were blindsided by the idea of a hybrid release and that they are “fighting with Warner Bros for back end compensation”. 

The director of Dune, Denis Villeneuve, has stated, there's "absolutely no love for cinema, nor for the audience," and that "It is all about the survival of a telecom mammoth, one that is currently bearing an astronomical debt of more than $150 billion.” Legendary is filing to sue if Warner Bros. goes ahead with the HBO Max release.