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'Dune: Part Two' Officially Going Ahead, Coming 2023

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'Dune: Part Two' Officially Going Ahead, Coming 2023

Dune, the newest adaptation starring Oscar Isaac, Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, is getting a sequel.

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Of course, the official title for the film is Dune: Part One and director Denis Villeneuve always had planned to tell the story over the course of two parts. “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,” said Villeneuve in an interview at the Toronto Film Festival.

“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,” continued the director. Fortunately enough, the film has raked in an exceptional $223 million at the global box office in the five days since its release. I think that’s a significant show of enthusiasm. 

Check out the trailer for Dune below! 

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Production contracts were only secured on the basis that the film did well financially, so this is a sigh of relief for the cast and crew. “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,” said Legendary Entertainment in a statement.

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While there are no dates attached to the sequel at the moment, there’s also going to be a spinoff TV show focusing on the Bene Gesserit, the esoteric sisterhood possessing advanced physical and mental abilities. Diane Ademu-John, who has credits on The Haunting of Bly Manor, Empire and The Vampire Diaries, was signed as the showrunner earlier this summer, and it will be a prequel to the two new films. 

It struck a chord with fans, and Villeneuve believes that this was the moment for the themes of the book to resonate with new audiences. “No matter what you believe, Earth is changing, and we will have to adapt,” said Villeneuve in an interview with Vanity Fair. “That’s why I think that Dune, this book, was written in the 20th century. It was a distant portrait of the reality of the oil and the capitalism and the exploitation—the overexploitation—of Earth. Today, things are just worse. It’s a coming-of-age story, but also a call for action for the youth.”

Featured Image Credit: Legendary Pictures

Topics: TV And Film

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