‘Dune 2` likely to be indefinitely delayed as Hollywood strikes intensify

The ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes have sent ripples through Hollywood, impacting numerous projects, and the highly anticipated `Dune 2` is not exempt from the turmoil. Despite producers` claims, the movie is facing an indefinite delay due to a confluence of factors, including financial challenges at the America AMC theatre line and the lingering effects of COVID-19 on the film industry.

While official figures are yet to be released, the outlook for `Dune 2` appears increasingly bleak. The early cancellation of the `Dune 2` event at San Diego Comic-Con was a telling sign that the movie`s release could be postponed. Adding to the complications is the movie`s association with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers), which is currently at odds with the SAG-AFTRA and WGA protesters, leading to delays in every project linked to AMPTP.

`Deadline` previously reported that `Dune 2` was slated for release on November 3, 2023, as originally planned. However, the final verdict lies with the studio Legendary, the film`s producer, and they are currently in a truly cautious “wait-and-see mode.” A definitive decision is not likely until September when marketing efforts for the movie`s release need to commence.

Similarly, the fate of `Aquaman 2` hangs in the balance with little comment available. The film`s usage of AI technology is also contributing to concerns, as AI overuse is a prominent point of contention in the strikes.

According to `Deadline`, if AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA can find common ground by Labor Day weekend, only then will `Dune 2` proceed with its scheduled release. Director Denis Villeneuve remains optimistic that the film will hit theaters as planned and has denied every possible “rumor” of a delay. However, the studio itself has yet to comment on the matter.

As the strikes continue to impact Hollywood, fans and filmmakers anxiously await the resolution of these disputes. The uncertainty surrounding `Dune 2` serves as a stark reminder of the challenges the film industry faces in navigating these labor disputes and financial uncertainties. Until a resolution is reached, the fate of `Dune 2` and other affected projects remains in limbo.

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