Dune is not finished yet.
Legendary Entertainment announced on Tuesday that Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, which adapts the first half of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi epic, will receive a sequel. Whether that would be the case remained an unanswered question throughout the film’s release, which was delayed by a year due to the pandemic and eventually debuted both in theaters and on HBO Max.
Chairman of Warner Bros. Toby Emmerich said the studio will release Dune: Part II in October 2023. The release is expected to be in theaters this time around. Claiming Dune belongs to the big screen, Villeneuve protested violently when, due to the Warner Bros. has turned to hybrid releases for all of its 2021 films.
But Villeneuve lobbied hard for a sequel to Dune, which he says is undoubtedly the best film he has ever made. Starring Timothy Chalame, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa and Zendaya. Some actors, like Zendaya, could potentially play a more important role in the second part.
“This is just the beginning,” Villeneuve said in a statement.
This is just the beginning …
Thanks to those who have experienced @dunemovie bye, but those who have days and weeks ahead. We are glad to continue our journey! pic.twitter.com/mZj68Hnm0A
– Legendary (@Legendary) October 26, 2021
Dune kicked off last weekend with $ 40.1 million in ticket sales in US and Canadian theaters. Dune, a $ 165 million 155-minute film that bills itself as Part 1, has grossed $ 225 million worldwide to date.