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New ‘HBO Max’ Streaming Service Will Include a ‘Dune’ TV Series

An anonymous reader quotes Android Authority:
Studios like Disney and NBCUniversal are making preparations to launch their own streaming services, and they are planning to take back their back catalog of films and TV series with them. That’s also what’s happening with WarnerMedia, the AT&T-owned entertainment group that operates, among many other things, HBO, Warner Bros, and CNN. Recently, the conglomerate announced its own upcoming dedicated streaming service, HBO Max… Unconfirmed reports from Hollywood trade news outlets claim that HBO Max will cost between $16 and $17 a month. The service will be ad-free, although some reports have indicated that WarnerMedia might launch an ad-supported version of HBO Max at some point after the official launch in 2020. If that happens, it’s likely the cost to sign up will be much less…

While HBO Max will have quite a lot for subscribers to watch from WarnerMedia’s library of content, it will have its own range of original TV shows and movies that will be found exclusively on the streaming service. They will be known as Max Originals. Here’s what has been announced for HBO Max so far, which includes a couple of spin-offs from current and upcoming Warner Bros. series:
Dune: The Sisterhood: Based on the classic Dune sci-fi novels by Frank Herbert, this 10-part series will focus on the Bene Gesserit group of women in this universe. Denis Villeneuve, who is directing the upcoming feature film adaptation of Dune, will also direct the pilot episode of the series.
Gremlins — The Animated Series: The mischievous and destructive creatures from the two Gremlins feature films will return as an animated series on HBO Max…

A beta version of the service may launch before the end of 2019, according to Deadline.

The studio’s announcement also promised that HBO Max woud also include previously-announced HBO programs, including:

Stephen King’s The Outsider, a dark mystery starring Ben Mendelsohn, produced and directed by Jason Bateman. Lovecraft Country, a unique horror series based on a novel by Matt Ruff, written and executive produced by Misha Green, and executive produced by Jordan Peele (Us) and J.J. Abrams (Westworld). The Nevers, Joss Whedon’s new science fiction series starring Laura Donnelly.


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