Half Two’ departs 2023 film calendar amid Hollywood strikes


Timothee Chalamet stars in Warner Bros.’ “Dune.”

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“Dune: Half Two” has departed the 2023 field workplace slate amid twin Hollywood labor strikes that threaten its capacity to market to the general public.

On Thursday, Warner Bros. Discovery and Legendary Leisure introduced the Denis Villeneuve movie would transfer to March 15, 2024, taking the calendar spot from “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire,” which strikes to April 12, 2024.

The shuffle additionally displaces the animated movie “Lord of the Rings: The Battle of the Rohirrim” to Dec. 13, 2024.

Field workplace analysts have lengthy anticipated that the “Dune” sequel would ditch its 2023 launch date amid the Writers Guild of America and Display Actors Guild strikes. Due to the SAG strike, particularly, actors usually are not permitted to advertise present and even previous movies that had been made by studios inside the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers.

The AMPTP is presently in negotiations with the WGA and it seemingly will not enter talks with SAG-AFTRA till that wraps up and a brand new contract is permitted. Whereas the scribes’ guild and the producers are a the desk, talks usually are not transferring shortly and subsequently unlikely to resolve in sufficient time for “Dune: Half Two” to have its star-studded ensemble actively promote the movie.

Alongside business veterans like Christopher Walken, Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista and Jason Momoa, the movie options 4 of Hollywood’s hottest younger stars.

Zendaya, Timothee Chalamet, Florence Pugh and Austin Butler collectively have greater than 200 million followers on Instagram and are trending faces on TikTok, Twitter and different social media platforms.

Whereas older moviegoers who’re followers of the e-book and noticed the primary “Dune” will present as much as theaters, youthful audiences may miss out on the flick with out promotion from these stars.

Suspending “Dune: Half Two” may assist bolster its field workplace beneficial properties in 2024, however will chew a piece out of Warner Bros. Discovery’s 2023 haul.

After the gorgeous success of “Barbie,” and with doubts rising about December’s “Aquaman: The Misplaced Kingdom,” “Dune: Half Two” was an necessary 2023 launch for the studio and anticipated to carry out effectively with audiences.

Its predecessor excelled on the field workplace throughout the pandemic regardless of being a day-and-date launch on streaming service HBO Max (now simply referred to as Max). It racked up 10 Academy Award nominations, taking house six Oscars.

With pandemic restrictions lifted on film theaters, expectations are that “Dune: Half Two” would outpace the almost $400 million the prior movie tallied on the world field workplace in 2021 on a reported finances of $165 million.

Taking on “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire,” the “Dune” sequel ought to keep entry to the vast majority of premium format screens, like IMAX, and profit from customers who’ve more and more gravitated towards these distinctive, and costlier, theatrical experiences.

Disclosure: Comcast is the dad or mum firm of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal is a member of the AMPTP.


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