Denis Villeneuve’s much anticipated Dune film that has been delayed is even going to be delayed much longer as it was first pushed to October 1st, 2021 from its original December 18, 2020 release date.
Now, Dune has been pushed back a further three weeks to October 22nd, 2021, according to a report from Variety. Warner Bros. shuffled a lot of films, moving Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho to September 17th and The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark to October 1st.
The film, an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel, has a star studded cast list that includes Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Stellan Skarsgård, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Rebecca Ferguson and Javier Bardem.
When finally released, Dune will be the first of two movies and cover the first half of the book, with a second movie arriving at an unknown date based on the second half. An HBO Max prequel has also been announced.
Warner Bros. also announced last year that all of its 2021 movie lineup, including Dune, would be released simultaneously on HBO Max.
The decision wasn’t fine with Dune director Denis Villeneuve, who railed against the decision in a searing essay. AT&T announced in May that it would spin off WarnerMedia and merge it with Discovery.