Previous release date: December 18, 2020
Current release date: October 1, 2021
One of the most talked-about upcoming films, Dune will premiere only in theaters this fall, even after Warner Bros. promised to release their 2021 films in theaters and streaming at the same time. (Director Denis Villeneuve vehemently opposed the release strategy.) As The Wrap put it, “ ‘Dune’ Director Denis Villeneuve Says HBO Max Deal Shows Warner Bros Has ‘No Love for Cinema.’ ”
After battling with Warner Brothers, Villeneuve got his way and Dune will be viewed only as he originally intended—in theaters. Based on the novel of the same name, Dune promises the kind of stunning visuals that might deserve a big screen premiere. Whether it’s safe or not, well, we hope you make the best choice.
This post was updated at 8:42 pm on Jan. 26 to correct an error; Denis Villeneuve is the director of Dune, not Christopher Nolan.