Denis Villeneuve calls Dune 2 a ‘game of chess’, reveals new character details and more
Unlike David Lynch with the years 1984 Dunes, Denis Villeneuve adapted only the first half of the science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert for its film adaptation. Thus, in the months leading up to the new Dunes the film’s release last year, there were concerns about whether the second half would be chronicled. Fortunately for Villeneuve, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures greenlit Dunes 2but don’t think he’s taking the prospect of putting the sequel down lightly.
During the making of DunesDenis Villeneuve was strategic with the elements he would use in the first movie and save for the official title Dune: part two. With the first Dunes film behind him, Villeneuve is finally free to expand the focus of the sequel beyond Paul Atreides and those close to him, which is especially good news for fans interested in House Harkonnen. In the words of the filmmaker:
Now obviously anyone who has watched Denis Villeneuve Dunesif he has not read the original book, knows that Timothée Chalamet’s version of Paul Atréides will continue to be important in Dune: part two. But Denis Villeneuve has previously said Zendaya’s Chani will play a bigger role in the sequel, and now he’s also clarified that the Harkonnens will get more screen time. This will include the introduction of Feyd-Rautha, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen’s young nephew whom Sting played in the 1984 film. It has yet to be announced who will play Feyd-Rautha opposite Stellan Skarsgård and Glossu Raban’s character from Dave Bautista, but fans wasted no time nominating candidates after Dunes came out of.
As it concerns Dune: part twodevelopment as a whole, Denis Villeneuve also said during his interview with Empire that because Dunes laid the foundations of this sprawling universe, the sequel allows him to explore certain aspects of it more closely. As he said:
Dune: part two was officially announced on October 26, 2021 – just days after Dunes premiering in theaters and on HBO Max. Villeneuve has also expressed interest in completing its Dunes work with an adaptation of dune messiah, but for now, such a threequel is only a hypothetical prospect. Denis Villeneuve is currently in “soft prep” on Second part, that is, he finishes the script and his team will soon be featured in the storyboard. The plan is to begin filming in July with the sequel scheduled for October 20, 2023.
CinemaBlend will keep you up to date with all the important news regarding Dune: part twodevelopment. In the meantime, browse through the 2022 movie releases to see what catches your eye, and Dunes will be available again to people with an HBO Max subscription starting March 10.