Hollywood studio Warner Bros has announced its decision to delay the release of the highly anticipated sci-fi actioner ‘Dune’, starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya. This comes in as another major setback for the entertainment industry hit by COVID-19 pandemic, which has prompted threatres to shut down worldwide.
‘Dune’, directed by Canadian director Dennis Villeneuve, is now scheduled to open in October 2021, instead of December 2020.
Movie releases have been getting delayed even after restrictions were eased, with people still wary of stepping into cinema halls, and many theaters still not operational. Over the past weeks, several cinema chains, decided to temporarily close theaters in an attempt to survive a collapse in these trying times.
“Dune” has gained a lot of traction for its cast that includes 24-year-old Timothee Chalamet, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 2017 film ‘Call Me by Your Name’.
Other big-budget Warner Bros movies to have their releases delayed include the superhero films like ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ starring Gal Gadot and ‘The Batman’ starring Robert Pattinson.
The release of the new James Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’ has also been delayed until April 2021.