The spice won’t flow in cinemas flow this year!
And then there was one. Last week saw the delay of ‘No Time To Die‘ which has led to Cineworld closing its UK cinemas and its Regal cinemas in the United States from Thursday. And today, we get the news that isn’t exactly a shock but is still disappointing regardless. Its been announced that the Warner Bros. big-budget remake of the classic Frank Herbert novel ‘Dune‘ that was due for release on December 18th worldwide has been removed from its Christmas release slot and will now open on October 1st, 2021 instead.
It was surprising when the film didn’t move when Warners shifted the release of ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ back to a Christmas Day opening but the smart money was on one or the other or possibly both actually moving to a 2021 slot instead. Now, the Denis Villeneuve directed blockbuster has blinked first.
To be totally honest, it was always on the cards that the film would move. By the same token, it won’t be too long before ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ moves into 2021 also. ‘WW84‘ is the last of the big blockbusters left standing after every other title moved out of this year. It is more than reasonable to think that it will move to Summer 2021 and to compete for the big bucks.
It could still open this year but with the closure of almost all of the UK’s cinemas, the closure of Regal cinemas in America plus the continued lockout of theatres in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, it isn’t in Warner Bros’ best interests to keep the film scheduled to launch this year. I’m expecting an announcement any day now that the film will follow ‘Dune‘ in moving to next year.
‘Dune‘ stars Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Issac, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, and Josh Brolin and will concern the first half of the Frank Herbert novel. The film will now blast into multiplexes across the universe (and here on Earth) on October 1st, 2021.
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