As Hollywood prepares for a fall film season crammed with uncertainty brought on by the continued Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes, Warner Bros. Discovery has formally delayed a number of of its greatest upcoming blockbusters.

The studio, in partnership with Legendary, has introduced that Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune: Half Two” won’t be hitting theaters on its authentic November 3 launch date, and has as an alternative been pushed to March 15, 2024. It takes the discharge date beforehand occupied by its different title with Legendary, “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire,” which can now open on April 12, 2024. Because of this, the animated “Lord of the Rings: The Battle of the Rohirrim” is being moved from April 12 to December 14, 2024.

The transfer takes “Dune: Half Two” out of the 2023 Oscar race (and sure makes a 2024 marketing campaign harder), however locations it nearer to the start of the summer season blockbuster season. As a supply near Warner Bros. identified, many profitable blockbusters have launched in March in recent times together with “Batman v. Superman: Daybreak of Justice,” “Magnificence and the Beast,” and “The Starvation Video games.”

LOCARNO, SWITZERLAND - AUGUST 11: Director Ann Oren attends the "Piaffe" photocall during the 75th Locarno Film Festival on August 11, 2022 in Locarno, Switzerland. (Photo by Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty Images)

Emilia Jones and Nicholas Braun appear in Cat Person by Susanna Fogel, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute

“Dune: Half Two” boasts a star-studded forged together with Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Rebecca Ferguson, Christopher Walken, and Zendaya (who has a a lot greater presence within the second half of the story after making a glorified cameo in “Dune: Half One”). Promotion from A-list performers is likely one of the $125 million movie’s greatest promoting factors, so it’s unsurprising {that a} studio would hesitate to launch it throughout a strike. The transfer will even give Villeneuve extra time to edit the movie, as latest tough cuts have been rumored to stretch over three hours.

“Dune: Half Two” was filmed solely on IMAX cameras and deliberate a serious rollout in IMAX theaters this fall. Nevertheless, an IMAX supply indicated that the corporate doesn’t count on the transfer to affect its 2023 income as a result of ongoing success of “Oppenheimer” and “Barbie” (“Barbie” can be in IMAX with prolonged scenes beginning September 22) and a powerful fall slate together with “The Marvels,” “Wonka,” and “Starvation Video games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.”

Showing at CinemaCon to advertise the movie in April, Villeneuve teased that “Dune: Half Two” would broaden on the epic basis that he laid within the authentic movie. The “Arrival” director promised that his sequel is a extra “action-packed, epic warfare film, way more bulk, way more dance.” The movie will cowl the second half of Frank Herbert’s novel, following Chalamet’s Paul Atreides as he begins to steer the Fremen alongside Zendaya’s Chani.

Further reporting by Tom Brueggemann.

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