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Dune: Part 2 shifts its release from October 2023 to November 2023

Despite the mid-October 2023 release date being all to itself, Warner Bros. with Dune: Part 2 claimed Thanksgiving 2023.

The studio shifted the highly anticipated October 20, 2023 sequel — occupied only by a placeholder for a 20th Century Studios project — to November 17, 2023, according to Deadline

The move pits the second half of this large-scale adaptation of Frank Herbert’s groundbreaking novel against three high-profile projects the weekend before Thanksgiving.

New Release: Despite the mid-October 2023 release date being all to itself, Warner Bros.  with Dune: Part 2 claimed Thanksgiving 2023;  Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in Dune

New Release: Despite the mid-October 2023 release date being all to itself, Warner Bros. with Dune: Part 2 claimed Thanksgiving 2023; Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in Dune

Studio: The studio moved the highly anticipated sequel from October 20, 2023 — occupied only by a placeholder for a 20th Century Studios project — to November 17, 2023, according to Deadline

Studio: The studio moved the highly anticipated sequel from October 20, 2023 — occupied only by a placeholder for a 20th Century Studios project — to November 17, 2023, according to Deadline

The film will now compete against Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes, Universal Pictures’ Trolls 3 and Paramount’s Imaginary Friends starring John Krasinski and Ryan Reynolds.

The mid-November release date was typically one that Warner Bros. had reserved for their Fantastic Beasts franchise.

The most recent film – The Secrets of Dumbledore – was originally slated for release on November 12, 2021, although the studio delayed it several months until April 2022, after Johnny Depp was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen.

Reserved: The mid-November release date was typically one that Warner Bros.  had reserved for their Fantastic Beasts franchise

Reserved: The mid-November release date was typically one that Warner Bros. had reserved for their Fantastic Beasts franchise

Production begins this fall in Budapest on Dune: Part 2, with a number of Dune stars returning.

Timothee Chalamet (Paul Atreides), Zendaya (Chani), Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Rebecca), Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck), Javier Bardem (Stilgar), and Stellan Skarsgard (Baron Vladimir Harkonnen) are all expected to reprise their roles.

A number of new characters have also been cast, including Florence Pugh’s Princess Irulan, Christopher Walken as Irulan’s father, Emperor Shaddam IV, Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha and Lea Seydoux as Lady Margot.

Timothee returns: Timothee Chalamet (Paul Atreides), Zendaya (Chani), Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Rebecca), Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck), Javier Bardem (Stilgar), and Stellan Skarsgard (Baron Vladimir Harkonnen) are all expected to reprise their roles

Timothee returns: Timothee Chalamet (Paul Atreides), Zendaya (Chani), Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Rebecca), Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck), Javier Bardem (Stilgar), and Stellan Skarsgard (Baron Vladimir Harkonnen) are all expected to reprise their roles

Dune was one of the highest-grossing films under Warner Bros.’ a one-year experimental release plan with all of its films debuting simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.

The first film grossed only $108.3 million domestically, but fared much better overseas, earning $401.8 million worldwide.

It was also a critical hit, earning 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and winning six Oscars, but all in technical categories such as Best Visual Effects.

HBO Max: Dune was one of the highest-grossing films under Warner Bros.'  a one-year experimental release plan with all of his films debuting simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max

HBO Max: Dune was one of the highest-grossing films under Warner Bros.’ a one-year experimental release plan with all of his films debuting simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max

Box office: The first film grossed only $108.3 million domestically, but fared much better overseas, earning $401.8 million worldwide

Box office: The first film grossed only $108.3 million domestically, but fared much better overseas, earning $401.8 million worldwide

In other release date news, Warner Bros. also announced that a new Godzilla-Kong sequel will be released on March 15, 2024.

godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard returns to the helm for this as-yet-untitled project.

godzilla vs. Kong also opened under Warner Bros.’ experimental day-and-date theatrical/HBO Max model, earning $100.9 million domestically and $470 million worldwide.

Model: Godzilla vs.  Kong also opened under Warner Bros.'  experimental day-and-date theatrical/HBO Max model, grossing $100.9 million domestically and $470 million worldwide

Model: Godzilla vs. Kong also opened under Warner Bros.’ experimental day-and-date theatrical/HBO Max model, grossing $100.9 million domestically and $470 million worldwide

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