Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Movies: “Dune” Not Soon as Warner Bros Moves Sequel to 2024, Keeps “Wonka,” “Color Purple,” “Aquaman” For Xmas 2023

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If you were hoping to see “Dune Two” soon, you’ll have to keep waiting. Warner Bros. is pulling it from the fall and moving the sequel to “Dune” to next year.

The reason? Ostensibly because with the strikes, the very expensive, intricate movie cannot be promoted properly.

But Warners will go ahead with three releases this fall, rolling the dice that the strikes will end and the world return to normal.

The musical version of “The Color Purple,” the updated “Wonka,” and the “Aquaman” sequel will proceed on schedule.

“Dune” may do better anyway with some breathing room and away from “Wonka,” which also stars Timothee Chalamet. Could there be Chalamet overkill?

Moving Denis Villeneuve’s epic to March 15, 2024 also means it will miss the Oscar season this time around. Doing this, Warner’s clears the way for “Barbie” to secure a Best Picture nomination without question.

The move also helps “The Color Purple” in its chances. I’m hearing it’s very good.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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