With the new trailer, HBO Max has unveiled new footage for some of the most highly anticipated films coming this year. The production studio’s decision to release all its films on HBO Max initially sparked bits of controversy among filmmakers.
Their words, however, have fallen on deaf ears, as Warner Bros. has today shared a sizzle reel teasing all the films that will debut on the streamer this year. And Legendary’s Dune is right up top. Will an HBO Max release “kill the franchise,” as director Denis Villeneuve portends?
The new HBO Max trailer teases fans with glimpses of almost all the films on the Warner Bros. 2021 list, announcing earlier that all its films releasing to theaters will simultaneously and exclusively be hitting HBO Max at no extra charge for its subscribers.
Dune (produced by Legendary Entertainment and directed by Dennis Villeneuve) has been filmed in Hungary in 2019 and after the lockdown in the summer of 2021, starring Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya , and will be available first on HBO Max, as seen in the trailer.
The brief clip also includes footage of Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, as a young Tony Soprano in David Chase’s Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark. You can also catch fresh footage from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and James Wan’s Malignant, as well as Mortal Kombat, Space Jam 2, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, and King Richard, in which Will Smith stars as the father and coach of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.
Warner will deploy a new release strategy for the next 12 months. In a surprising break from industry standards, Warner Bros.’ entire 2021 slate — a list of 17 films will debut both on HBO Max and in theaters on their respective release dates. The shocking move to release movies day-and-date underscores the crisis facing movie theaters and the rising importance of streaming services in the wake of a global health crisis that’s decimated the film exhibition community.