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 12 months after the unique December 18th launch date, Collider and The Wrap have reported.
The Dune delay comes after Regal and Cineworld introduced that it will 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 have been initially scheduled to debut this fall shifting to 2021 due to issues over the continued COVID-19 pandemic, there’s merely not sufficient new content material for theaters to present proper now.
Dune’s modified launch date isn’t an excessive amount of of a shock, as studios are constantly attempting to determine the perfect time to launch their greatest films. Warner Bros. already delayed one other of its films, Wonder Woman 1984, from October to December twenty fifth. Industry insiders assumed that with Wonder Woman 1984 shifting to December, the identical month that Dune was initially scheduled to be launched, Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation would possible be punted to 2021.
That October 1st date is a bit complicated, although, provided 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 possible that one of many two Warner Bros. blockbusters will probably 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 unnoticed. All the trailer mentioned is “coming to theaters.” It looks like Warner Bros. realized from its expertise with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which was delayed a number of instances main to advertising kerfuffles.
Keeping 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 United States and China on September third. The movie was solely ready to play in choose cities and was stored out of key markets like Los Angeles and New York City. Tenet has solely generated $36.1 million Stateside, however the movie has seen a lot larger success internationally, racking up greater than $203 million. While that doesn’t make the movie worthwhile for Warner Bros., it could be sufficient incentive to maintain Wonder Woman 1984 within the December twenty fifth spot, whereas shifting Dune to a interval when extra folks might find a way to get to film theaters.
Warner Bros. isn’t the one studio on this place, both. Disney has delayed lots of its huge movies, together with Black Widow. Scarlett Johansson’s standalone Marvel film will now open on May seventh, 2021, as an alternative of November sixth, 2020. This makes 2020 the primary 12 months 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. Meanwhile, West Side 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 usually a wash for movie studios? Sure. Only a handful of main blockbusters nonetheless stay on the theatrical schedule for this 12 months, together with Wonder Woman 1984, Free Guy, Pixar’s Soul, and Death on the Nile. Some movies have carried out effectively by way of digital rental platforms — Trolls World Tour allegedly made $100 million for Universal — however for essentially the most half, executives are hopeful 2021 will probably be a a lot better 12 months.