Dune delayed to October 1st, 2021
Dune is the most recent film to get pushed again to 2021, following a lot of different extremely anticipated blockbuster movies, together with Black Widow and No Time to Die. It’ll now be launched on October 1st, 2021 — practically a full yr after the unique December 18th launch date, Collider and The Wrap have reported.
The Dune delay comes after Regal and Cineworld introduced that it might be shuttering all of its theaters within the US and the UK, following the delay of No Time to Die final week. With increasingly more main movies that had been initially scheduled to debut this fall shifting to 2021 because of issues over the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, there’s merely not sufficient new content material for theaters to indicate proper now.
Dune’s modified launch date isn’t an excessive amount of of a shock, as studios are constantly attempting to determine one of the best time to launch their largest films. Warner Bros. already delayed one other of its films, Marvel Lady 1984, from October to December twenty fifth. Business insiders assumed that with Marvel Lady 1984 shifting to December, the identical month that Dune was initially scheduled to be launched, Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation would doubtless be punted to 2021.
That October 1st date is a bit complicated, although, on condition that Warner Bros. has already delayed a serious 2020 movie to that date: Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is already slated for a similar day, which means it’s doubtless that one of many two Warner Bros. blockbusters can be shifting once more.
Warner Bros. is giving itself some wiggle room, although. When the studio premiered the primary Dune trailer in September, the movie’s launch date was particularly overlooked. All of the trailer mentioned is “coming to theaters.” It looks as if Warner Bros. realized from its expertise with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which was delayed a number of instances resulting in advertising and marketing kerfuffles.
Maintaining dates out of trailers isn’t the one factor Warner Bros. realized from Tenet. The studio launched the movie internationally on August twenty sixth, earlier than bringing it to the US and China on September third. The movie was solely capable of play in choose cities and was saved out of key markets like Los Angeles and New York Metropolis. Tenet has solely generated $36.1 million Stateside, however the movie has seen a lot greater success internationally, racking up greater than $203 million. Whereas that doesn’t make the movie worthwhile for Warner Bros., it might be sufficient incentive to maintain Marvel Lady 1984 within the December twenty fifth spot, whereas shifting Dune to a interval when extra folks might be able to get to film theaters.
Warner Bros. isn’t the one studio on this place, both. Disney has delayed lots of its massive movies, together with Black Widow. Scarlett Johansson’s standalone Marvel film will now open on Could seventh, 2021, as an alternative of November sixth, 2020. This makes 2020 the primary yr and not using a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie since 2009. As a part of the delay, different Marvel titles like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and The Eternals are additionally delayed. In the meantime, West Aspect Story and The King’s Man, two movies Disney inherited from its acquisition of twenty first Century Fox, additionally moved to 2021.
Is it truthful to say that 2020 is generally a wash for movie studios? Positive. Solely a handful of main blockbusters nonetheless stay on the theatrical schedule for this yr, together with Marvel Lady 1984, Free Man, Pixar’s Soul, and Loss of life on the Nile. Some movies have carried out nicely through digital rental platforms — Trolls World Tour allegedly made $100 million for Common — however for essentially the most half, executives are hopeful 2021 can be a a lot better yr.
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