Warner Bros. has confirmed the delay of the premiere for Dune: Part 2. The fans’ worst fears have come true, and the long-awaited sequel by Denis Villeneuve will now hit theaters on March 3, 2024, instead of November 3 of this year, the date on which its premiere was expected, so the additional four months of waiting is a noticeable change. The actors’ strike is the cause of this delay, since for Warner it is crucial to have the actors in the promotional campaign, but due to the strike, none of the actors in the film can participate in any activity that is linked to the union.
For Warner Bros., one of the options was to go ahead with the original release date, but without having the actors in the promotional campaign; but they have finally decided to move the premiere to March 2024 in the hope that by then the strike will have ended. A conflict in which the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) union seeks the objective of obtaining a fair economic agreement, while the film companies for the moment are not willing to give up their profits. In the end, both Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, affected by the strike itself, are a part of what is happening.
Dune: Part 2 and its delay is bad news for movie theaters
With one of the most outstanding summers that can be remembered in movie theaters, the actors’ strike and the delay of some films are the worst possible news for theaters. Dune: Part 2 was presented as one of the big releases of the final stretch of the year, but now that is nothing but a dream, having to wait until next March for the film to reach theaters around the world.