Of the many films impacted by the SAG-Aftra and writer strikes, Dune: Part Two was the biggest. Warner Bros. moved the film out of its November 2023 spot all the way to March 15th 2024, with the expectation that things would be wrapped up by then and normal promotional activities could occur. Well, that gamble has paid off, and now the film is actually being moved up, as another big film gets pushed back.
THR reports that Dune: Part Two is moving up two weeks to March 1st 2024. Denis Villeneuve’s sequel is taking the spot of The Fall Guy, which Universal has moved from the date all the way to May 3rd.
At that date, Dune 2 should be one of the first big hits of the year, especially with it dominating most of the IMAX theaters at the time. As far as competition goes, it doesn’t have any other major film to compete with. There’s genuine enthusiasm for the sequel to 2021’s sci-fi epic, a star-studded adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel led by Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Jason Momoa, and more. The film would go on to gross $402M worldwide and win six Academy Awards.
The sequel is even bigger, adding Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, and Lea Seydoux to the cast.