One of the upcoming movies that has genre fans the most excited is Denis Villeneuve tackling Frank Herbert’s legendary Dune. And now, the director has revealed that he aims to make two (or more!) Dune pictures.
The Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director had long talked of Dune as a dream project before officially signing on for the gig early last year. Given the ample source material to pull from, it’s highly promising to hear the ridiculously talented Villeneuve has plans for more than just the one film.
As he explained to The Playlist, Villeneuve said, “Dune will probably take two years to make. The goal is to make two films, maybe more.”
Dune began life back in 1965, with Frank Herbert’s original novel tying for the 1966 Hugo Award and then winning the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Set in the distant future, the story centres on Paul Atreides as his family takes control of the desert planet known as Arrakis. With valuable resources key to the tale, what unravels is a plot that’s full of politics, betrayal, and man’s relationship with nature. A Kyle MacLachlan-starring, David Lynch-helmed movie followed in 1984, which went on to become a cult classic, and then Syfy developed a Dune TV series in 2000. As for written works, Herbert penned five sequels himself before Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert expanded that written world even further.
Expect more on all things Dune as it continues to develop.