Huge success in theaters despite the many setbacks imposed by the health crisis, “Dune” will return in 2023 with a second part, again directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Guest on the American site’s Awards Chatter podcast Variety, the director revealed that he was in the middle of the visual creation and writing phase. “We will begin storyboarding soon and the film is in the visual design phase. It’s that wonderful part where it’s just about daydreaming, staring at the ceiling, and thinking about the movie. I love. This is the moment when everything is possible, before having the shock of reality in 2022”, he says.
Denis Villeneuve knows that time is already running out, since the filming of Dune 2 is scheduled to begin this summer, with a theatrical release set for October 18, 2023. Spectators will find Timothée Chalamet in the role of Paul Astréides, Rebecca Fergusson in that of Lady Jessica, and Zendaya in that of Chani, a character who should also hold a much more important place in the second part.
For the moment, the adaptation of Dune by Denis Villeneuve should stop with this second part. But the director let it be known last fall that he dreamed of making it a trilogy.
“It’s not that I want to do a franchise at all costs, but it’s Dune, and Dune is a huge story. To honor it, I think it would take at least three films. It would be the dream. Follow Paul Atreides and his complete arc”, he confided to the American site Entertainment Weekly. “Everything in its time. But if I have the opportunity to do Dune: Part 2 and Dune: Messiah, I’m blessed,” he said.