The much-anticipated sequel of ‘Dune: Part Two’ from Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros has been rescheduled from November 3 to March 15, 2024 due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. The film, based on Frank Herbert’s novel, will also hit IMAX screens on its new date, possibly debuting at the Berlin Film Festival or SXSW, as reported by Deadline.
Though current labour strike has sparked many rumors related to rescheduling release dates for films, Warner Bros has confirmed that holiday tentpoles ‘Wonka’, ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ and ‘The Color Purple’ will maintain their December dates. Theater circuits are actively partnering with Warner Bros to boost promotions through social media and loyalty programs.
‘Dune: Part Two’ replaces the release date with Legendary’s ‘Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire’, which is now set for April 12, 2024. Meanwhile, New Line’s ‘Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim’ moves to December 13, 2024.
The news of delay has raised speculation of its possible debut at Berlin Film Festival or SXSW. It is believed that the young cast star power will bring significant success to the sequel as Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, and Austin Butler combined has 258 million reach on social media.
‘Dune: Part Two’ and ‘Godzilla X Kong’ expected to maintain the momentum in the industry which was initiated in 2023 with films like ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’.