It’s official: We won’t be headed to the deserts of Arrakis any time soon.
Warner Bros. and Legendary made the move on Monday to delay “Dune” from its December 18 release date this year, according to Collider. Now, the film is set to hit theaters October 1, 2021, taking the place of another Warner Bros. blockbuster in “The Batman.”
The move seemed all but guaranteed after the upcoming James Bond film “No Time To Die” vacated it’s November 2020 release date and shifted to April 2021. Many theaters were banking on Bond as the first big tentpole film to help jumpstart their reopening efforts, but with its delay, many chains are opting to stay closed until at least 2021.
According to Collider’s report, “Dune” director Denis Villeneuve was on board with the decision to shift the film back nearly an entire year, saying that the film was made to be seen on the big screen.
All that remains now on the 2020 holiday slate is “Wonder Woman 1984,” another Warner Bros. property that is all but certain to make the move to next year, too.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Charlotte, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.