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Warner Bros. Delays Release Date For DUNE: PART TWO

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Warner Bros. Delays Release Date For DUNE: PART TWO

By Movieguide® Staff

Warner Bros. announced that they would delay the release date of the sequel to the Academy and Movieguide® Award-winning movie DUNE.

While the delay for DUNE: PART TWO only pushed the date back from Oct. 20, 2023 to Nov. 17, 2023, delays have historically come in multiples for other blockbuster movies in the post-COVID-19 era (e.g., TOP GUN: MAVERICK, NO TIME TO DIE).

However, the $400 million box office success of the first Warner Bros. picture bodes well for the sequel’s success.

Movieguide® previously honored DUNE as the Best Movie for Mature Audiences.

Movieguide®’s review reads:

DUNE is part one of a futuristic science fiction epic based on the classic 1960s novel. In the story, the Galactic Emperor pits one noble faction, the Atreides family, against the Harkonnen family. He removes the Harkonnens from control of a desert planet, which produces a material called spice that gives people long life and powers space travel. The Emperor transfers the planet’s control to Duke Leto Atreides. Angered by this apparent betrayal, Baron Harkonnen invades the planet and has Duke Leto murdered. Leto’s son, Paul, and Paul’s mother escape, however. Paul believes if he can unite the native population, they can overthrow Baron Harkonnen.

DUNE is a powerful, exciting, satisfying epic. It’s worth seeing on a big screen. Even better, the movie has strong Christological themes, excellent dialogue and conservative statements about freedom and individualism. It affirms a father’s love and the importance of motherhood. DUNE has very little foul language, and no explicit crude content. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children and young teenagers because of intense action violence and references to the hallucinogenic properties of the natural resource called spice.

Movieguide® previously reported on the release for the second DUNE movie:

After a better-than-expected performance at the domestic box office, Legendary confirmed the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s DUNE.

“I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with Dune: Part Two,” the movie’s director said. “It was a dream of mine to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune, and I have the fans, the cast, and crew, Legendary and Warner Bros. to thank for supporting this dream. This is only the beginning.”

“Legendary is pleased to officially move forward with Dune: Part Two … once again based on the amazing books written by Frank Herbert,” Legendary added. “We would not have gotten to this point without the extraordinary vision of Denis and the amazing work of his talented crew, the writers, our stellar cast, our partners at Warner Bros., and of course the fans! Here’s to more Dune.”