Following the announcement that Cineworld is closing down theatres in the U.S. and U.K., we are hearing that Warner Brothers is delaying another big theatrical release to 2021. Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune was originally set to hit theatres on Dec. 18th but multiple sources are now reporting that it will shift to late 2021 instead. Wonder Woman 1984 is still scheduled to arrive in theatres one week later on Christmas Day. It could be that the Wonder Woman sequel will soon follow suit or it could be that Dune had to move to avoid having two major releases so close together. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to Collider, Denis Villeneueve’s Dune is getting a new release date of Oct. 1st, 2021. The Wrap has also confirmed the news although Warner Brothers has yet to make it official. Matt Reeves’ The Batman is also currently scheduled for Oct. 1st, but it is now expected to move elsewhere.
Denis Villeneuve is said to be in support of the delay, obviously preferring to have the movie arrive on the big screen when it is safe to do so. The list of major releases remaining in 2020 now includes Soul, Free Guy, Death on the Nile, Coming 2 America, Wonder Woman 1984 and Paul Greengrass’s News of the World. Time will tell just how many of these will actually see the light of day in 2020.