Anticipation is increasing, and feedback from what people have seen is stellar. In a few short weeks, we will hear more as Dune will make its global bow at the Venice Film Festival, and will then be released into the wild on October 22nd.
If box office results go their way, director Denis Villeneuve will head into production on Dune: Part Two which will second half of the book. Frank Herbert’s original 1965 novel eventually led to a multiple-book saga. Villeneuve is currently writing the script for the second part with screenwriting partner Jon Spaihts. An autumn 2022 production start is penciled in, should the project get the green light.
In an interview with CBC Radio Canada this week, Villeneuve dropped another piece of news. The second book, Dune Messiah, is short and he sees it as an ideal third installment that he wants to make, in order to close out the story with a third movie:
“There is Dune’s second book, ‘The Messiah of Dune,’ which could make an extraordinary film. I always saw that there could be a trilogy; after that, we’ll see. It’s years of work; I can’t think of going further than that.”
Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune form what most fans consider the core trilogy. Villeneuve also confirmed that Harkonnen Feyd-Rathua isn’t in the first Dune movie, but is planned to appear in the second:
“The book is so rich. There are so many fantastic details about the different cultures. In order to preserve and have the time to bring that to the screen, we had to make important choices.”
In the same interview he referred to Sting’s portrayal of the character in David Lynch’s 1984 version of Dune:
“It was a powerful image, that jockstrap.”
He also clarified that the story remains that of Paul Atreides throughout his movie and sequel, and that his comments regarding Zendaya’s Chani in the planned sequel have been seized upon, incorrectly.
Dune has a reported run-time of 155 minutes. More than two and a half hours. This leads those familiar with the books to deduce that there will be quite a lot happening.
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