Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures recently shared their updated release slate, which shows that the anticipated sequel of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune — Dune: Part Two — will not be released on October 20, 2023, as it was initially announced, but on November 17, 2023, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The delay is only four weeks, so the wait will be only a bit longer.
Additionally, THR reported that the upcoming sequel of Godzilla vs Kong is now set to be released on March 15, 2024, which is three years since the release of the latest Monsterverse entry, which grossed more than $460 million worldwide.
In 2021, Warner Bros. released all of its movies in theaters and on the HBOMax streaming platform simultaneously. That decision wasn’t well-received by Legendary Pictures and Dune’s director Denis Villeneuve, and some other filmmakers like Christoper Nolan, who severed his ties with Warner Bros. and decided to make his next movie for Universal Pictures, and Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman 1984.
Still, some movies managed to be successful despite those simultaneous releases, even though we had to ask ourselves how much these movies would gross if they had a regular theatrical release. Dune grossed $400 million worldwide, and Warner Bros. has greenlighted the sequel only a few days after the premiere, with a guarantee that the sequel will have a regular theatrical release.
Warner Bros. abandoned the policy of simultaneous releases this year, and it was announced that the upcoming movies, including sequels to Dune, Godzilla vs Kong, Mortal Kombat, and Wonder Woman will all have a 45-day theatrical run before their premiere on the HBOMax streaming platform.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Dune: Part Two is set to star Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Austin Butler, Léa Seydoux, Christopher Walken, and Florence Pugh.
Directed by Adam Wingard, Godzilla vs Kong sequel is set to star Dan Stevens.