Released on Wednesday September 15 in our theaters, “Dune” only concentrates half of the novel by Frank Herbert, adapted for the cinema by Denis Villeneuve. But another movie is planned, and here’s what we know about it.
“This is just the beginning”, says Chani (Zendaya) to Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) in one of Dune’s last moments. Because Denis Villeneuve’s film actually only covers the first half of Frank Herbert’s book, which is sure to frustrate viewers. If it was never a question of condensing the entire book into a single feature film, the director would have liked to shoot the two parts in a single block.
“I wanted, from the start, to shoot both parts at the same time”, he told Variety. “But for various reasons, it couldn’t be done, and I accepted the challenge of filming part one and then waiting to see if the movie got enough excitement. When I did, I did. ‘Really put all my passion into it, in case that’s the only one. But I’m optimistic. “
“If Dune – Part Two is to see the light of day, I have to say it would be an incredible playground for me. Pure cinematic fun. I don’t want to speak for the whole team, but we feel like we have created a family on this movie, and being able to reunite would be heaven. “
While we wait to see if this second part will see the light of day, let’s review what we know about it. Starting with the fact that it will probably not be officially announced by Warner, before the release of the film in the United States (in theaters and on HBO Max) on October 22.
WHEN DOES IT COME OUT?
As the project has yet to receive a green light from the studio, there is currently no release date for the Dune sequel. Neither have the shots been fixed. But Denis Villeneuve says he is already in the starting blocks for the first clap to sound next year: “To quickly immerse yourself in a film of this magnitude, you always have to do sets, costumes, and that takes months”, he told several media including Slash Movie.
“But if there is excitement and the film gets the green light ASAP, I think I’ll be ready to shoot in 2022. I would love to be, because I’m ready to go back, and I would like to [le résultat] be on the big screen as soon as possible. “ An exit in 2023 would therefore be expected, in the best of all possible worlds.
Because the first opus was shot between March 18 and July 20, 2019 (with reshoots in August 2020) and was due out the following year, before the Covid pushes it back to 2021. We will therefore have to wait at least two years before plunging back into the universe under the leadership of Denis Villeneuve.
WHO WILL IT BE WITH?
Because we do not change a team that wins (or that seems very well equipped for), Denis Villeneuve will find the members of his cast whose characters are still alive at the end of the first opus. Starting with Timothée Chalamet and, above all, Zendaya, who should be the headliner of the sequel. The director has indeed announced that Chani, whose presence here is reduced (his interpreter only shot for four days), would be the heroine of the second film.
We should also expect some new faces. And in particular that of Feyd-Rautha, nephew of Baron Harkonnen embodied by Sting in the version signed David Lynch in 1984, and who shines here by his absence. As for the technical team, there is no doubt that everyone is ready to get back on track. Whether it’s cinematographer Greig Fraser, production designer Patrice Vermette, costume designers Jacqueline West and Bob Morgan, or composer Hans Zimmer.
After having passed the hand on Tenet of Christopher Nolan to be able to carry out one of his dreams (to put Dune in music), it would be indeed very astonishing if it does not go to the end of the adventure. Especially since this one could last a while.
WARNING – The part below contains potential spoilers for those who absolutely do not want to know anything before discovering the second part of the film. Please skip a few lines if you are one of those people.
WHAT WILL IT TALK?
If the feature film is true to the book, we’ll see Paul, considered the Messiah by the Fremen, change his name to Muad’Dib. He will also develop his powers on contact with the Spice on Dune and learn a lot, including a big reveal about his mother Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson). Which one will take …