‘Dune’ release shifts to October 2021 in another blow to movie theater business

The release of “Dune,” a big-budget adaptation of the seminal sci-fi novel, will be delayed by nearly a full year, Warner Bros. has confirmed — dealing yet another blow to the pandemic-battered movie theater industry.

“Dune” will shift from Dec. 18, 2020, to Oct. 1, 2021, the studio said in a statement. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothée Chalamet, was expected to be one of the marquee releases of the holiday season.

The announcement comes days after the theatrical debut of the James Bond movie “No Time to Die” was pushed for a second time, this time to April 2, 2021, because theaters across the country — including in the top North American markets, Los Angeles and New York — remain closed.

“No Time to Die,” the 25th installment in the James Bond franchise and the final edition starring Daniel Craig, was originally slated to open in

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