An unsurprising but disheartening news came: Dune, originally slated for late 2020, will now release in late 2021.
So it happened. Dune, originally slated for late 2020, got delayed to late 2021. After an entire year of heart-wrenching news for movie fans with many 2020 movies delayed, Dune seemed like not too far of an oasis in this desert of delays. Both the live-action remake Mulan (2020) and the much-anticipated Tenet (2020) were not able to support the reopening of theaters as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, leaving many theaters preparing for permanent closure. Recently, No Time To Die, one of the few remaining 2020 blockbusters, got delayed to 2021. With streaming services like Netflix and Hulu acting quickly to take advantage of the growth in online activity, many worry that there won’t be a place anymore for large scale, cinematic stories.
Dune, in my opinion, was meant to save large cinematic stories in an age of streaming. Denis Villeneuve, who made Blade Runner 2049 (2017), a serious contender for being one of the best sci-fi movies of all time, is taking full control of the project. In addition to Villeneuve, Dune assembles a star-studded cast featuring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, and the list goes on. Based on the Q and A run by Stephen Colbert, the entire cast seemed to refer to the movie as one of the best projects they have been a part of. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjLijCWt76o&t=13s)
Still, the news was to be expected following an entire year of disheartening news for movie lovers. Some might remember that Marvel’s Black Widow was delayed to 2021, making 2020 the first year since 2009 without an MCU movie. Recently, Regal and Cineworld announced they will close all theaters in the US and UK next week, following news that the latest Bond film would be delayed.
For now, the future seems anything but stable regarding movie news, but I still have hope. October 2021 may seem like an eternity from now, considering that January of this year already seems like 5 years ago.
But fear not! If you’re at all interested in Dune, or maybe even just want to know what all the hype is about, be sure to stay posted on our editorial page, a new article going into the history behind the making of Dune will be coming out soon. Stay tuned!