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Aquaman 2 and Dune 2 might be delayed due to marketing worries over the actors' strike

Could Warner Bros. Discovery's two big sci-fi action sequels be delayed?

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Hollywood studios' inability to reach an agreement with the unions for writers and actors has already led to dual strikes which halted work on filming, but now the strikes might be affecting already-filmed movies.

Why? As part of the strike, the actors will not participate in the marketing for the films. And with big budget films like Dune: Part Two and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the studios seem to be hesistant to launch such major projects without their celebrity help.

Variety has multiple sources telling them that Warner Bros. Discovery is talking internally about postponing both Dune 2 and Aquaman 2, as well as the remake of The Color Purple.

Dune: Part 2 is currently scheduled for release November 3, 2023, after already being pushed back from a October 20 release. It had originally planned to have a surprise panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2023 with the actors in tow, but it was canceled following the actors' strike.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is slated for December 25, 2023 - a full year after its originally planned 2022 release date. It was moved originally to March 2023, then to its current December 2023 date, with the reasoning said to be visual effects delays and Warner Bros. Discovery trying to spread out marketing and distribution costs.


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