Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures announced the delay of Dune to Fall 2021, according to Collider. The film from Denis Villeneuve was set to premiere on December 18, 2020. This news comes after Cineworld announced the temporary closing of all Regal movie theaters in the United States.
The coronavirus outbreak is solely to blame as Americans are reluctant to return to theaters for entertainment. MGM recently delayed the next James Bond movie, No Time to Die, to April 2021. The only major blockbuster still scheduled for this year is Wonder Woman 1984, currently set for Christmas Day. We’ll have to keep an eye on that one.
It really is no surprise that Cineworld shut down, with many of the blockbusters already delayed until next year. Most theaters are offering discounted tickets on classic films for the time being. I expect AMC Theaters will be making that same decision soon. Cinemark has already stated they will not close for the time being.
Villeneuve planned for two Dune movies, splitting the novel into two parts. The first trailer debuted in early September and caused quite a stir. The cost to make Dune rules out any hope for a Video on Demand release. The film cost too much for both studios. And let’s face it. That worm alone is worth the cost of an IMAX ticket. I wouldn’t want to see it any other way.
Dune is now set to premiere on October 1, 2021, the same day as The Batman.