Denis Villeneuve has joined the chorus of auteurs debating the status of Hollywood filmmaking today.

The director of “Dune: Part Two” stated in an interview with Time magazine that although he is sure movie theaters will “prevail,” there is doubt about artists’ creative freedom being dictated by “algorithms.”

“Cinema has experienced numerous crises since its inception,” Villeneuve stated. “The river always changes, but it never stops flowing. The theater experience will always be around. It will win and it will change.

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Villeneuve went on to say that, as directors, “we behave like algorithms,” which worries him more than artificial intelligence.

“Creativity is restricted; we live in a very conservative time,” he remarked. It’s all about Wall Street. Cinema will survive thanks to risk-taking and independence. Additionally, you can sense the excitement in the crowd when they see something new.

Villeneuve further stated that “‘Dune: Messiah’ should be the last ‘Dune’ movie for me,” capping off a trilogy of adaptations of the science fiction books. According to Villeneuve back in December, the screenplay for “Dune: Messiah” is almost complete. A year and a half after “Dune: Part One” debuted in theaters in October 2021, “Dune: Part Two” opens on March 1. Warner Bros. is the setting for both movies.

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Regarding his approach to the well-liked IP. Villeneuve stated, “As a filmmaker, I was trying to be as invisible as possible.” “I made every effort to preserve the book’s lyricism, mood, colors, scent, and all the other senses I experienced while reading it. I made an effort.

Villeneuve’s statements are similar to those made by filmmaker Richard Linklater at the Venice Film Festival in 2023. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter. When it comes to movies, Linklater lamented the phrase “content,” stating, “But that’s what happens when you let tech people take over your industry.”

“The way distribution has fallen off,” Linklater continued. Regretfully, it’s primarily the viewership. Does the current generation still place a high importance on movies? It seems to have vanished with the wind, or rather, the algorithm. Occasionally, when I converse with some of my peers from the 1990s, we’ll say something like, “Oh my God, we could never get that done today.” Therefore, you may selfishly conclude that you were born in the proper era. I had the opportunity to take part in what always seems to be the final flourishing period of filmmaking. You then wish for a day that is better.