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Warner Bros delays ‘Dune,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies resulting from strike By Reuters

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By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Warner Bros film studio will delay the deliberate November launch of a big-budget “Dune” sequel till March, a studio spokesperson stated on Thursday, as a result of its stars can’t promote the film through the Hollywood actors’ strike.

The choice offers a blow to cinema chains equivalent to AMC Leisure (NYSE:), Cineplex and Cinemark that are nonetheless attempting to get well from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Dune” was one of the vital anticipated movies on the late 2023 schedule.

“Dune: Half Two” will now debut on March 15, a date that had been reserved for Warner Bros movie “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.” The monster film was shifted to April 12.

Because of this, an animated “Lord of the Rings” movie that had been set for April was moved to December.

“Dune: Half Two” stars Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet in a sci-fi sequel primarily based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel about an intergalactic battle to regulate a valuable useful resource. The primary installment, launched in 2021 through the pandemic, generated $402 million at international field places of work.

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High stars have refused to advertise upcoming initiatives for the reason that SAG-AFTRA actors union joined placing Hollywood writers and walked off the job on July 14.

The actors’ strike has prompted different film studios to regulate movie schedules within the absence of celebrities to hit pink carpets or speak reveals to assist construct buzz.

Sony (NYSE:) Photos altered the discharge technique for “Dumb Cash,” the movie impressed by the story of on a regular basis buyers who outwitted Wall Road buyers and acquired wealthy on the inventory of videogame and electronics retailer GameStop (NYSE:).

The movie was initially scheduled to open nationwide on Sept. 22, although the studio adopted a extra gradual launch technique to generate curiosity from viewers reactions. The movie will now open on a restricted variety of screens in New York and Los Angeles on Sept. 15 earlier than increasing throughout the nation on Oct. 6.

General moviegoing this 12 months stays beneath pre-pandemic ranges regardless of the key increase this summer season from the “Barbenheimer” frenzy across the movies “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer.”

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Different main movies on the 2023 schedule in the intervening time embody Walt Disney (NYSE:)’s “The Marvels,” a Lionsgate prequel to “The Starvation Video games,” and “Wonka,” one other Warner Bros movie that additionally stars Chalamet.

The strike by the Writers Guild of America (WGA), which started on Could 2, has shut down most manufacturing of scripted televisions reveals and a few film shoots.

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