In a year of an ever-changing movie release schedule, highly anticipated blockbuster Dune has moved its date.
But, it’s good news! Dune has been moved up a week and some change, from its original Australian release date of December 26 to December 17.
The sci-fi epic, adapted by director Denis Villeneuve from Frank Herbert’s seminal novel, released its first trailer last week to wild excitement.
But when there was no release date on trailer, there was speculation the film’s release would be moved to 2021 to accommodate a potential shuffle for Wonder Woman 1984.
Wonder Woman 1984 was indeed moved to December 25 in the US, now confirmed as December 26 in Australia instead of October 1, but rather than bump Dune to next year, audiences will get to see it even sooner.
It seems that Dune will keep its original US release date of December 18. Thanks to that quirk where Australian distributors typically release new films on a Thursday and the Americans on a Friday, we will likely see it before those stateside.
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Dune features an all-star cast with Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem and Jason Momoa.
The story of Dune is focused on Paul Atreides (Chalamet), the son of Duke Leto (Isaac), a nobleman who is asked to oversee Arrakis, a perilous desert planet with a precious and magical spice.
Paul is the heir to not just the Duke’s throne but also a great destiny, and Dune traffics in grand concepts including fate and power.
The movie industry has been up-ended by COVID which has seen cinemas worldwide shut down and productions halted.
Since March, movie studios have been delaying their big blockbuster releases and while some were originally rescheduled for later this year, many of them have been moved to 2021 when it’s expected audiences will be able to return to cinemas in something resembling normal capacity.
Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was the first high-profile movie to be released in cinemas in late August and while its $US200 million ($A275 million) global box office sounds like a lot of money, it was expected to make much more under normal circumstances.
Tenet’s depressed box office, especially in North America where many key markets such as New York and Los Angeles remain closed, has led to movie studios re-evaluating whether they persist with opening big movies this year.
One tentpole which is forging ahead is the next James Bond instalment, No Time To Die, which is due for release in Australia on November 12.
Marvel movie Black Widow is still on the books for an October 29 release but there is no guarantee that will remain the case.
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