May 22, 2022

Denis Villeneuve finally gives news of the continuation of his SF epic

Director Denis Villeneuve gave news regarding the sequel to Dune, his sci-fi epic with Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya.

For the new adaptation of Dune, Warner and Legendary had immediately announced their desire to launch a new science fiction franchise, with at least two films to adapt the first book by Frank Herbert from which the feature film directed by Denis Villeneuve is taken. The film was therefore never thought of as a single component and the director, like the screenplay, made absolutely no secret of it, even if the box office was vital data for the extension of the SF universe borrowed from the American writer.

With a budget of $165 million (excluding marketing), the film had already collected last October more than 223 million dollars at the worldwide box office (almost 400 million at the end of its theatrical run) and the sequel was therefore very formalized in the process, with a return to Arrakis scheduled for October 2023.

And even if one can wonder whether the start of construction Dune 2 is really justified by the success of the first film, Denis Villeneuve always has ideas to follow, as he recently explained during his interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The director thus gave news of the progress of the production:

Right now, […] we are in the process of finishing the script and we will soon start the storyboards. The second part of [Dune] is being designed by [ndlr : le directeur artistique] Patrice Vermette. It’s that beautiful part where you just dream, stare at the ceiling and think about the movie, I love that. I mean, it’s like the moment when anything is possible, before being overtaken by the shock of reality.”

Timothée Chalamet in the first Dune

For this sequel, several actors are expected to appear, in particular the star duo Timothée Chalamet (Paul Atréides) and Zendaya (Chani), without forgetting Rebecca Ferguson (Dame Jessica), Javier Bardem (Stilgar), Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck) and Stellan Skarsgård (Baron Vladimir Harkonnen). Dune 2 should thus resume the story left in suspense at the end of the first film and will continue to follow the training of Paul Atreides. For now, the release still seems scheduled for fall 2023.