Dune’s road to release has been beset by nearly as many obstacles as the desert terrain of Arrakis itself. The next big screen take on Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel was originally slated to hit theaters last December. But that was also before COVID-19 sent the entertainment industry into freefall. Warner Bros. subsequently pushed the film back almost a full year to October 1. And according to Variety, fans are going to wait an extra three weeks to watch the spice flow. In the midst of another release date shuffle encompassing several new WB films, Dune will now arrive on October 22.
Other movies impacted by the latest shuffle include the studio’s highly-anticipated Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark. That film is taking over Dune’s October 1 slot. Additionally, Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho is moving from October 22 to September 17.
In the meantime, Dune is still scheduled to have its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on September 3. That same month, it will have its IMAX premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) at the legendary Cinesphere. There’s also been some controversy over WarnerMedia’s plans to debut the film on HBO Max day-and-date with its theatrical release. Rumor has it that the filmmakers are still working toward a deal that will give Dune a 45-day theatrical window before it hits the streaming service later in the year.
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