Last month, when the trailer arrived for the highly anticipated Denis Villeneuve’s version of Dune, seemingly the world was unified with excitement for this film. However, it has now emerged that it now won’t be hitting cinemas until October 2021.
Dune had originally been set to arrive in cinemas on December 18th but after Warner Bros. recently moved Wonder Woman 1984 to Christmas Day, the Villeneuve film has had to play second fiddle and be pushed back to a later date. A source from the film giants allegedly told Collider that Warner Bros. was confident the marketplace could support multiple films but, with no vaccine in sight, Americans have remained reluctant to return to cinemas which is why they are spreading out their releases.
This news is another blow to the cinema industry. It follows Cineworld issuing a statement to announce they are planning to close all 128 UK and Ireland cinemas, alongside all 543 of its Regal Cinema venues in the US. The closure is reported to be linked to yet another delay to the new James Bond film No Time To Die which has caused even more strain on the cinema chain to keep all of its doors open.
No Time to Die had originally been rescheduled to be released in November, but a further delay has now been announced which would see it finally hit screens next April, a year later than initially planned. This is not the only significant blow that the industry has recently faced, with Disney’s decision to release its live-action Mulan remake straight to its streaming service, bypassing the theatres, being another notable roadblock for cinemas.
The first trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s version of the film has landed with aplomb and already got fans of sci-fi extremely excited at what is to come. Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel which the upcoming film is based on has been largely credited with being the influence for some of TV and film’s most notable stories, including series such as Game of Thrones and Star Trek but until now there has never been a film to truly match Herbert’s words.
The trailer offers up the first real glimpse of Villeneuve’s vision of the story and will show young Paul Atreides (played by Timothée Chalamet), the scion of the noble House of Atreides who has been tasked with ruling the desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune. From this trailer the end goal is clear.
After watching the trailer, it is a real shame that we will have to wait another twelve months to feast our eyes on Villeneuve’s latest production and hopefully there’ll still be cinemas open to watch Dune in.