Barbie—a film so massive it had already gained the U.S. field workplace in August—can also be a film so massive that on Friday, it made the leap to IMAX for a one-week run. As ordinary, Barbie is on the forefront of what’s in style, one thing Dune director Denis Villeneuve, who’s very pro-IMAX, appears to agree with.
“The way forward for cinema is IMAX and the massive codecs,” Villeneuve told the AP (through IndieWire) in an interview printed earlier than Barbie’s large-format bow, however with the towering success of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer in thoughts. “The viewers needs to see one thing that they can’t have at residence, that they can’t have on streaming. They wish to expertise an occasion.”
With out insulting motion pictures which might be made particularly for streaming (or that find yourself bypassing the theater and going straight to streaming), the director—whose Dune was launched day-and-date in theaters and what was then known as HBO Max, because of pandemic considerations—makes it clear the place his favor lies. “There’s this notion that motion pictures, in some folks’s minds, grew to become content material as a substitute of an artwork type. I hate that phrase, ‘content material.’ That motion pictures like Oppenheimer are launched on the massive display and change into an occasion brings again a highlight on the concept it’s an incredible artwork type that must be skilled in theaters.”
Dune: Half Two was initially slated to come back out later this yr, however noticed its launch date shifted (attributable to strike considerations this time) to March 15, 2024.
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