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‘Dune’, the sci-fi film directed by Canadian director Dennis Villeneuve, is now scheduled to open in October 2021, as an alternative of December 2020

Warner Bros stated late Monday it’s delaying the discharge of “Dune” and “The Batman” films, one other setback for the leisure trade hit by COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and social distancing measures which have closed theaters worldwide.

“Dune”, a sci-fi film directed by Canadian director Dennis Villeneuve, is now scheduled to open in October 2021, as an alternative of December. The discharge of “The Batman”, starring Robert Pattinson, has been moved to the spring of 2022 from October subsequent yr.

Film releases have been getting delayed even after restrictions have been eased, with folks nonetheless cautious of getting into cinema halls, and lots of theaters nonetheless not operational.

On Monday, the world’s second-biggest cinema chain, Cineworld, determined to quickly shut its UK and U.S. film theaters in an try to survive a collapse in film-making and cinema-going.

Credit standing company Fitch promptly downgraded the corporate.

“Our base-case forecasts point out that, the corporate’s present liquidity ranges could solely be adequate till November to December 2020, assuming no revolving credit score facility (RCF) extensions,” Fitch stated in a press release.

Earlier, the filming of “The Batman” was additionally shut down for 2 weeks after a member of the manufacturing – broadly reported to be Pattinson – examined constructive for the brand new coronavirus. Filming resumed in Britain final month and Warner Bros by no means confirmed or denied experiences about Pattinson’s analysis.

“Dune” has gained a variety of traction for its solid that features 24-year-old Timothee Chalamet, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his position within the 2017 movie “Name Me by Your Title.”

Different big-budget Warner Bros films to have their releases delayed embrace “Tenet” and “Marvel Girl 1984”.

The discharge of the brand new James Bond film “No Time to Die” from MGM and Comcast Corp’s Common Footage has additionally been delayed till April 2021.