Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Dune remake has been delayed and will now be released on October 1, 2021. It was originally scheduled for December 18, 2020. As reported by Variety, the delay is likely to separate Dune from the recently delayed Wonder Woman 1984 as the two would have created just a week of each other.
Dune joins a long list of movies playing musical chairs with release dates this year, in large part due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) which has thrown a wrench into the production plans of many studios. It’s worth noting that The Batman’s tentative release date is also October 1, 2021, so expect this change to happen at some point in the near future.
Based on Frank Herbert’s bestselling 1965 novel, Dune is a sci-fi epic depicting the power struggle for the planet Arrakis. The all-star cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, and more. Oh, and a bunch of giant sandworms that took over a year to conceive.
Villeneuve is no stranger to science fiction, having directed Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival, and his adaptation of Dune will mark one of his biggest endeavors to date. He confirmed that the story will be split over two films because Herbert’s world is “too complex” to fit into a single film.
Hopefully Dune is worth its weight of spice when it launches next year.
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For more on Dune, find out what the actors in the film have to say about their characters and how Denis Villeneuve will bring his vision of Dune to the big screen.
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