August 25, 2023

Film & TV

'Dune: Part Two' pushes release date to 2024 amid actors strike

'Dune: Part Two's' cast including Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya forced to await labor dispute resolution before promotions

By Ellen James August 25, 2023
Dune: Part Two delayed to 2024 amidst ongoing actors strike.
                               'Dune: Part Two' delayed to 2024 amidst ongoing actors strike.

A significant shift has rocked the November box office landscape as Denis Villeneuve's Dune: Part Two bows out of its original November 3rd North American premiere due to the ongoing actors' strike, which restricts stars from promoting their projects. 

Dune: Part Two will now make its domestic debut on March 15, 2024.

Insiders reveal that Warner Bros. remains unwavering in its dedication to the theatrical experience. 

Despite the uncertainties stemming from the concurrent WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the studio has opted not to make wholesale changes to its release schedule.

This decision follows the industry's resilience after the pandemic-related disruptions.

A film of Dune's magnitude, boasting an ensemble cast led by Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, heavily relies on a robust global publicity campaign led by its talented stars to reach its full box office potential. 

Legendary, the studio behind this high-profile sequel, made the deferral choice in collaboration with Warner Bros., its distribution partner. 

Additionally, the prospects for an awards campaign under current circumstances appear challenging.

Legendary and Warner Bros. have also pushed back the release of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire by one month, rescheduling it to April 12, 2024, taking over the slot previously occupied by Dune.

Meanwhile, New Line and Warner Bros. Pictures Animation's Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim has been relocated from April 12, 2024, to December 13, 2024.