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Dune may not be getting an exclusive theatrical window in the US after all

Dune
(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Last month, we reported that Warner Bros.' simultaneous theatrical and streaming release plan for Denis Villeneuve's long-delayed Dune adaptation was reportedly being reconsidered now that audiences have started to return to theaters.

Now, despite a report from Deadline earlier today stating that Dune would indeed receive a 45-day theatrical window in the US, WarnerMedia's new head of communications Johanna Fuentes has taken to Twitter to refute the claim, as spotted by IGN.

In a quoted retweet about Deadline's story, Fuentes stated emphatically that "Dune will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day in the US."

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The now discredited shift in release plans was said to be linked to the upcoming merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery, which will see telecommunications giant AT&T unwind from Time Warner in a deal worth $43 billion.

Discovery CEO David Zaslav will lead the new company, and while it's believed the new leadership will be more "industry-savvy and talent-friendly", that does not appear to extend to Dune's controversial release plan, which has been publicly criticized by the film's director

"Warner Bros.’ decision means Dune won’t have the chance to perform financially in order to be viable and piracy will ultimately triumph," said Dune director Denis Villeneuve in an open letter to Variety late last year.

At present, Dune is still expected to release in theaters and on HBO Max in the US on October 1, 2021.

Stephen Lambrechts

Stephen is a Senior Editor who primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar in Australia, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, and consuming all forms of media at the highest quality possible. He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, sneakers or Italian horror cinema.