Originally the movie was scheduled to be released on November 20, 2020. Then the release date was changed to December 18, 2020. Finally, Warner Bros. Pictures decided to push Dune’s theatrical release to October 1, 2021.
Releasing in 2020 Could Have Been a Disaster
Had the movie stuck to its original release date and flopped, there would have been no clear reason as to why. Pushing the release to 2021 will eliminate any potential confusion as to why Dune has tanked at the box office, should this unfortunate scenario happen.
It will also give Warner Bros. Pictures an entire year to promote the movie, build-up awareness about the franchise, and get potential viewers hyped. This will put Dune on the same playing fields as other highly anticipated movies that have been delayed for 2021.
Dune Director Will Have Time to Finish His Project
In recent interviews, Dune’s director, Denis Villeneuve shared that completing the movie’s editing and post-production before its December release would be a hard and challenging task. The delay will offer additional months to team-Dune to properly complete the film and deliver the expected quality, artistry, and cohesiveness.
Pushing the release to October 2021 clearly gives the movie a better chance to succeed at the box office. If the expected numbers are met and surpassed, Warner Bros. Picture will be inclined to create a franchise based on the Frank Herbert novels that will depict stories that span over several thousands of years.
If the upcoming movie creates the necessary demand, Dune can easily become the next Star Trek – as far as mainstream cinema is concerned.