Warner Bros. Sends 2021 Film Slate Simultaneously to Theaters and HBO Max

Extraordinary decision to make films available for a month on streamer reflects dire straits for theaters

The film adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune is one of 17 films expected to premiere simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. will release its entire 2021 theatrical slate of films on streamer HBO Max the same day those films premiere in theaters, the company said today.

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