Tom Cruise is an established action movie star who set several box office records with Top Gun: Maverick. Denis Villeneuve has built his reputation by directing remarkable science fiction films such as Blade Runner 2049, Arrivaland Dunes. New York-born cruiser and French-Canadian Villeneuve find success in film in different ways, but they share one thing in common.
Tom Cruise pushed back a first streaming release and soared to new heights with ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
Paramount wanted a sequel immediately, but fans waited 35 years to get the sequel. Superior gun. The wait was worth it.
It was released theatrically to rave reviews from critics and fans alike, and theater owners have Cruise to thank for maverick being a big screen exclusive. There was never any prospect of maverick hitting Paramount+ on release day, in part because Cruise used his clout to shoot down the idea. maverick will hit streaming at some point, but months after its release, even Paramount execs don’t know when that will be.
Waiting, Top Gun: Maverick will continue to grow in revenue, establish itself as Cruise’s highest-grossing film, and climb the all-time box office charts.
What do Denis Villeneuve, director of Cruise and Dune, have in common? They want audiences to see movies in theaters
Cruise didn’t want Top Gun: Maverick streaming anywhere while it was in theaters and caught on. Villeneuve felt the same way about Dunesbut Warner Bros. went ahead with a streaming release.
The director understood the pressure the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put on the film industry, but he had a scathing response to the simultaneous streaming/cinema release for Dunes (by The Wrap):
“The way it happened, I’m still not happy. Frankly, to watch ‘Dune’ on a TV, the best way to compare is to drive a speedboat in your bathtub. To me, that’s ridiculous. It is a film that was made as a tribute to the experience of the big screen.
Director Denis Villeneuve explains why he hated seeing Dunes on streaming platforms
Villeneuve hated to see Dunes on the small screen, but the dual version didn’t hurt the bottom line. Dunes raced to the top of Villeneuve’s highest-grossing movies list and got fans excited for 2023 Dune: part two. Cruise and Villeneuve share a common trait – they only want their movies in theaters – but only Cruise has succeeded with his latest blockbuster.
Will ‘Dune’ be a trilogy directed by Villeneuve?
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Although Warner Bros. took the drastic decision to cancel bat girl — which created a long-term problem — Dune: part two what will happen. Villeneuve began shooting in late July 2022 to prepare for a November 2023 release (per IMDb).
Warner didn’t greenlight a sequel at the same time he said yes to Dunesbut Villeneuve operated with the idea that it would be a two-part film.
It seems unlikely that Villeneuve Dunes will become a trilogy, but there is plenty of source material to continue the series. Frank Herbert wrote six Dunes novels, and the Expanded Universe has expanded even further. We will probably know more about the future of Dunes movies after Second part hits theaters.
Will we see Cruise in ‘Top Gun: 3’?
Despite maverickof supersonic success, we will never see a Top Gun 3.
Cruise’s busy schedule makes it harder to fit a third movie into his schedule. Whether Top Gun 3 doesn’t happen quickly, Cruise would be in his 60s and less capable of playing the role of naval aviator, not to mention the intense filming.
A lawsuit against Paramount could also slow down the Hollywood machinery. More, maverick hit all the right notes. Rotten Tomatoes is 96% fresh. Recreating the magic that made the film a smash hit would be next to impossible. A disappointing threesome would defile maverickexcellent reputation.
Whether or not Dune: part 3 Where Top Gun 3 never happens, Cruise and Villeneuve seem to have common ground on the importance of movies playing in theaters.
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