If you’ve seen Dune, which is currently in cinemas and on HBO Max, you’ll know that the movie’s ending isn’t actually an ending at all. You may expect some sort of conclusion after two hours and 35 minutes, but instead, the film abruptly ends, leaving you with more questions than answers.
In truth, the 2021 Dune film, which is informally named Dune: Part One, only covers the first half of Frank Herbert’s epic 1965 sci-fi novel. Denis Villeneuve had always intended to divide his film adaptation into two parts, which is certainly a good idea considering the novel’s 400 pages and reputation for denseness.
So, what exactly is the deal with Dune 2? So far, here’s what we know.
IS THERE GOING TO BE A DUNE 2?
Yes, most certainly. Given that this picture only covers the first half of the novel, director Denis Villeneuve had always intended to make a Dune sequel. However, Warner Bros. has yet to make an official announcement about Dune Part 2.
However, a Warner Bros. executive said in an interview with Deadline that the Dune sequel was “essentially confirmed.” “Will there be a Dune sequel?” You can see how the movie finishes if you watch it. In the interview, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff said, “I think you pretty much know the answer to that.”
At this moment, it appears that the only thing stopping a Dune 2 is a box office disaster, which seems improbable given the opening weekend pre-sales. Villeneuve previously stated in an interview with Total Film that he was “extremely hopeful” about the sequel’s chances of being greenlit by the company.
“The first step was to prove that a beautiful, popular film could exist, and I believe I did,” Villeneuve said. “Everyone at Warner Bros. and Legendary is 100 percent behind the project.” “They believe that a disastrous box office result would be required to prevent the release of Dune: Part Two, because they adore the film.” They want the film to proceed forward because they are proud of it. Even so, they only completed half of it. So, you know, I’m really upbeat.”
However, the film will also be available to stream on HBO Max, which could affect the box office.
A Dune HBO Max spin-off series is also in the works, which will feature on the Bene Gesserit, a female order. Villeneuve will direct the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer on the series.
WHEN WILL THE SECOND PART OF DUNE BE RELEASED?
We have no idea. Given that the picture has yet to be formally announced, let alone begin filming, it will be some time before you see Dune Part 2. We might see Dune Part 2 in 2023 if they film in 2022, but this is all speculation for a picture that hasn’t even been officially confirmed yet. So remain tuned, and prepare to wait a long time. Maybe you’ll be able to finish Dune by then.