Warner Bros delays ‘Dune’, ‘The Batman’ movies




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New York  -Warner Bros said late Monday it is delaying release of “Dune” and “ Batman” movies, another setback for entertainment industry hit by COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and social distancing measures have closed theatres worldwide.

“Dune”, a sci-fi directed by Canadian director Dennis Villeneuve, is now scheduled open in October 2021, instead of December.

release of “ Batman”, starring Robert Pattinson, has been moved spring of 2022 October next year.

releases have been getting delayed even after restrictions were eased, with people still wary of stepping into cinema halls, and many theatres still not operational.

On Monday, world’ -biggest cinema chain, Cineworld, decided temporarily close its UK and .. theatres in an attempt to survive a collapse in film-making and cinema-going.

Credit rating agency Fitch promptly downgraded the company.

“Our base-case forecasts indicate , the company’ current liquidity levels only be sufficient until November to December 2020, assuming revolving credit facility (RCF) extensions,” Fitch said in a statement.

Earlier, the filming of “The Batman” was also shut down for weeks after a member of the – widely reported to be Pattinson – for the new coronavirus.

Filming resumed in Britain last month and Warner Bros never confirmed or denied reports about Pattinson’ diagnosis.

“Dune” has gained a lot of traction for its cast includes 24-year-old Timothee Chalamet, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 2017 film “Call Me by Your Name.”

big- Warner Bros movies to have releases delayed include “Tenet” and “Wonder Woman 1984”.

The release of the new James Bond movie “ Time to Die” MGM and Comcast Corp’s Universal Pictures has also been delayed until April 2021.

(Reuters/NAN)