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Warner Bros. delays Dune, The Batman and more…

The adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel and one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Dune. Directed by the visionary Denis Villeneueve that was scheduled to open in theaters on December 18th of this year has been moved to October 1st of 2021.

Executives from Warner Bros. didn’t have a choice and had to act fast after the imminent and shocking decision from Cineworld announcing the temporarily closures of all of its Regal Cinemas in the US. Cineworld announced that their decision was the wisest after reporting a loss of over $1.6 billion in addition to Universal/MGM’s decision of delaying “No Time to Die” the 25th James Bond film.

Since the October 1st of 2021 was originally scheduled for the new Matt Reeve’s Batman movie, WB decided to move “The Batman” to March 4th of 2022, giving more relaxed filming schedule especially after the several delays in shooting amid the pandemic and the exposure of the film’s lead actor Robert Pattinson to COVID-19 virus.

Robert Pattinson, The Batman, Courtesy of WB Pictures

Warner Bros. also moved “The Flash” to Nov. 4th of 2022 and “Shazam 2” has a new release date of June 2nd of 2023. The studio didn’t announce any changes yet for “Wonder Woman 1984” which is still holding its Christmas Day opening for this year.

Wonder Woman 1984 Courtesy of WB Pictures

After several studios have changed their schedules for their upcoming releases and with the big drop in the box-office revenue in addition to the temporarily closure of the second biggest movie exhibitor in the US, do we expect Disney to push Pixar’s Soul to a later date or to release it on Disney+ with Premier access? Disney released the second trailer for “Free Guy” alongside a new poster confirming December 11th as “Only in Theaters” release date.

Free Guy Poster – Courtesy of Disney

Cinemark and AMC Theatres have confirmed that they have no plans for closing any of their now-opened locations and they plan to re-open their remaining locations once the local guidelines allow.

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By Mohamed Shama

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