Last month, we reported the news that the first official trailer for the upcoming Dune film had been released, and it certainly looks promising. Based on Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel of the same name, the film is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) and was originally set to be released later this year on 18th December. If you couldn’t wait to visit the world of Arrakis, then you’ll be disappointed to learn that the film has been postponed, and will now be released on 1st October 2021.
As Collider reports, the film has been delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, of which there is currently no end in sight. Despite some cinemas returning to business, people are much more reluctant to go and enjoy a film. At the time of writing, no US COVID cases have been linked to cinemas, but Dune is not the only blockbuster film to be delayed. The new James Bond film No Time to Die was originally meant to be released earlier this year in the Spring but is now looking at a release date of 2nd April, 20201. Wonder Woman 1984 was due to be released this summer but is now targeting a Christmas Day release date.
The delay has nothing to do with the film itself, and its director has supported the decision to postpone its release. No doubt Warner Bros. and Legendary are eager to see the film make a profit, but of course, public safety is also a big concern. Here’s hoping that by the time the film’s new release date rolls around, the COVID-19 pandemic will be subsiding.