Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Moves to October 2021

Sci-fi epic was supposed to hit theaters on Dec. 18

Last Updated: October 5, 2020 @ 12:27 PM

Warner Bros. is moving Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” from its December release date to Oct. 1, 2021, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

The studio’s “The Batman” is also supposed to open on Oct. 1, 2021. There’s been no word yet on whether Warner Bros. plans to shift the Robert Pattinson film to make way for “Dune.”

Villeneuve has assembled an impressive cast for the Warner Bros. epic, including Timothee Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Chang Chen, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Dave Bautista. It’s his first film since the equally ambitious and visually daring “Blade Runner 2049” from 2017. Villeneuve also co-wrote the screenplay with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts based on Frank Herbert’s novel from 1965.

In Villeneuve’s version, produced by Legendary Pictures, the “Call Me By Your Name” and “Lady Bird” star Chalamet takes up the role of Paul Atreides, a member of a wealthy family sent away from his homeworld to the desolate planet Arrakis, where he’s meant to oversee the extraction of a spice vital to the galaxy. Though he’s already reluctant to leave, little does he know about the dangers that await him, including giant sandworms and a tribe of humans known as the Fremen that manage to live among the scorching terrain.

The movie release calendar has been shifting in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic — just last week, the upcoming James Bond film “No Time to Die” was moved again to April 2, 2021. Whether “Wonder Woman 1984” will open on Christmas Day of this year is the question.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. Collider first reported the news.