Dune proved to be a great hit at the cinemas. The movie earned 220 million dollars at the box office. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are on board for Dune Part 2. It is not confirmed yet if the movie will release on HBO Max. According to Deadline:
The key word here is theatrical. We understand that a key point of negotiations between Legendary and Warner Bros was that Dune: Part Two would be given a pure theatrical window; no day-and-date HBO Max release plan is in the mix for this cinema spectacle
Legendary and Warner Bros also announced the news of the sequel on their official social media accounts.
Denis Villeneuve also revealed the news about the sequel:
“I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with Dune: Part Two,” the filmmaker said. “It was a dream of mine to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune, and I have the fans, the cast, and crew, Legendary and Warner Bros. to thank for supporting this dream. This is only the beginning.”
The movie is based on Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name. The movie is also inspired by David Lynch’s movie that was released in 1984. However, the movie did not get good reviews from the critics because David Lynch crammed the whole book into one movie. But, Denis Villeneuve has decided to release his reboot in two parts.
It was always Villeneuve’s plan to release the movie in two parts. He said this in an interview with the Variety Magazine:
“I wanted at the beginning to do the two parts simultaneously. For several reasons, it didn’t happen, and I agreed to the challenge of making part one and then wait to see if the movie rings enough enthusiasm… As I was doing the first part, I really put all my passion into it, in case it would be the only one. But I’m optimistic.”
The first movie was based on half of the first book. In the end, Lady Jessica and Paul were accepted into the Fremen and they were on their way to Stilgar’s home. House Atreides was completely destroyed. We will see them Vs the Empire in the upcoming movie. There will be a time jump as well. We will see new characters as well.
Villeneuve revealed his thoughts in an interview in an interview with Nerdist:
“It will allow me to go berserk and really create… I should not say that, but I will say that, for me, Dune: Part One is like an appetizer and Dune: Part Two is the main meal, As much as Dune: Part One was by far my most exciting project ever, Dune: Part Two is already getting me more, even more excited. That’s all I will say.”
Dune Part 2 Release Date
The sequel will release on Oct 23, 2023. The official Warner Bros Twitter account announced the news.
The first movie included Zendaya, Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista. However, all of them will be returning for the sequel. We might see new faces as well.
Aliza Fatima is a writer/author at The Panther Tech.