It’s official. Denis Villeneuve is returning to Arakis. Denis Villeneuve’s Dune opened earlier this week to critical acclaim sitting with a comfortable 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Adapted from Frank Herbert’s 1956 novel of the same name, Villeneuve had a Herculean task ahead of him as the novel has been long considered ‘unadaptable due to its complex storyline. Where directors like David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky failed, the French-Canadian director has aced with an intense, visually arresting space opera that is easily one of the best movies that have come out this year.
However, due to the pandemic, the box-office collections of major blockbusters have been impacted severely resulting in lower profits which had cast doubts on the sequel to Dune. But after a few intense days of anticipation, Dune 2 has been finally made official to wrap up the story of Paul Atreides (Timotheé Chalamet) alongside Chani (Zendaya).
Villeneuve said in a statement
“I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with Dune: Part Two. 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 news was first revealed by Legendary Pictures on Twitter regarding the sequel after doubts were cast considering the pandemic collections. Fortunately, both Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures have decided to move ahead with the sequel and let Denis Villeneuve complete his vision for the story.
This is only the beginning…
— Legendary (@Legendary) October 26, 2021
Here’s the statement by Legendary:
“Legendary is pleased to officially move forward with Dune: Part Two…once again based on the amazing books written by Frank Herbert. We would not have gotten to this point without the extraordinary vision of Denis and the amazing work of his talented crew, the writers, our stellar cast, our partners at Warner Bros., and of course the fans! Here’s to more Dune.”
Dune Part Two is scheduled to release on October 20, 2023.