It may come as no surprise, but it is definitely a relief to have the news confirmed: the sequel for Denis Villeneuve's science fiction epic, Dune Part 2, has been greenlit for an October 20th, 2023 theatrical release.
Where Dune: Part One finished fairly abruptly, the sequel will bring to life the second half of Herbert's epic novel. Villeneuve previously stated that the script has already been written and that he is ready to begin production early next year.
“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.”
Announcing the project on their social media channels, Legendary also wrote that “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.”
Prior to the sequel being officially confirmed, Villeneuve shed some light on what viewers could expect should Dune Part 2 get the go-ahead: "I laid the base, the basics of the world - it's done now," the filmmaker told Fandango. "I don't have to explain most of the world. So now I can just have fun with cinema. [laughs] That's what I will say, is that I think if ever such a thing happens as a Part 2, it's going to be a cinematic party. I mean, it's not the right word. I apologize. I will say it is going to be a cinematic blast for me. I think that I could create something much more built into cinematic action and less talking. "
So, sci-fi fans can rest easy tonight in the knowledge that Villeneuve will indeed be able to complete his grand vision for the sci-fi tale. Bring on more sandworms!