Cinema Crisis Dune And The Batman Delayed


Cinema Crisis Dune And The Batman Delayed

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is the latest Hollywood blockbuster to have its release date delayed.

The Warner Bros sci-fi epic featuring a star-studded cast including Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya was due for release in December.

The premiere has now been pushed back to October 2021, according to Variety.

Warner Bros has also delayed The Batman, now due in March 2022, but the company has brought forward Matrix 4 to December 2021.

The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, was set for release on 1 October 2021, so would have clashed with the new release date for Dune.

The Matrix 4 was originally due out in May this year but was postponed to April 2022. It’s now coming just over three months earlier, taking the slot intended for Black Adam, the DC Comics movie starring Dwayne Johnson.

That film has been taken off the schedule altogether, as has Minecraft: The Movie, which was due to open in March next year.

Moving The Matrix 4 to December next year will also allow The Batman to hold the blockbuster limelight the following spring.

The Keanu Reeves action/sci-fi franchise is also thought to have completed most of its shooting before the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the world’s movie production, including The Batman.

The Batman re-started principal photography at the start of September but had to shut down again when a member of the production team tested positive for Covid-19.

Some media outlets reported it was Robert Pattinson, although that has never been confirmed.

Hollywood studios have been deterred from putting out their major releases due to the pandemic but cinema chains had been banking on these films to draw back audiences.

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Cineworld has confirmed plans to temporarily close its theatres in the UK and US due to a lack of new releases. The Regal chain followed suit, while Odeon and Vue have shared their concerns over the situation.

The Odeon will open a quarter of its cinemas only at weekends.

The changes announced by Odeon and Cineworld come after the release of the new James Bond film was delayed again.

The premiere of No Time To Die had already been moved from April to November because of the pandemic.

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The film has now been further delayed until 2 April 2021 “in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience”, a statement on the film’s website said.

Robert Mitchell, director of theatrical insights at Gower Street Analytics, said: “Bond was really the one that UK exhibitors were really relying on more than any.”

The film’s star Daniel Craig told Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show that “this thing is just bigger than all of us”.

“We want to release the movie at the same time all around the world and this isn’t the right time. So fingers crossed 2 April is going to be our date.”

Cinema Crisis Dune And The Batman Delayed


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