‘Dune: Part 2’ has been delayed to March 2024, Warner Bros. Discovery has announced.
The widely-anticipated sequel will now open on March 15, 2024.
The film continues the story of Paul Atreides, played by Timothée Chalamet, as he pairs up with the Fremen, people native to the planet Arrakis to defeat House Harkonnen and the Imperium.
The trailers tease all-out war between the Fremen and their oppressors, and Paul Atreides learning to ride a sandworm.
It is based on the book ‘Dune’, written by Frank Herbert in 1965.
The film was co-produced by Legendary Entertainment with Warner Bros. Film Group, and both groups had to decide on a new date.
‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’, which was previously scheduled for a March 14 release, is getting moved back to April 12.
The film is the next entry in the Monsterverse franchise, and is also produced by both Legendary and Warner Bros.
The animated adventure ‘The Lord Of The Rings The War Of The Rohirrim’ has been moved to 13 December 2024.
It was previously scheduled for a April 12 release date.
All three films are being delayed amid continued WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
Due to SAG-AFTRA strike rules, actors cannot do any press for struck films, which includes ‘Dune: Part 2’.
This would have prevented the many stars in ‘Dune: Part 2’ from promoting the movie, such as Zendaya, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem Dave Bautista, Christopher Walken, Lea Seydoux, and more.
Other Warner Bros. films like ‘Wonka’, also starring Timothée Chalamet, ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ and ‘The Colour Purple’ remain in their December dates.
Sony is the only other major studio so far to move its films due to the strikes.
In July, they pushed ‘Kraven the Hunter’ and the untitled ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ sequel into 2024, and took ‘Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse’ off the schedule entirely.
November is still a busy month for film fans, with ‘The Marvels’ opening on November 10, ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ opening on November 17, and ‘Napoleon’ and ‘Wish’ both opening on November 22.