French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has announced that a script for part two of Dune is already complete, with production set to begin “by the end summer.”
The director discussed the development of the follow-up. “Dune: Part Two” is the adaptation by Villeneuve of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel. He admitted that the sequel’s script is all set, and the project is in the process of filming later this summer, one year before its scheduled premiere.
Villeneuve said they are supposed to film by the end of the summer. Adding that, “I will say it is mostly designed. The thing that helps us right now is that it’s the first time I’ve revisited a universe. So I’m working with the same crew; everybody knows what to do, we know what it will look like. The movie will be more challenging, but we know where we are stepping. And the screenplay is written. So I feel confident. Frankly, the only big unknown for me right now is the pandemic.”
The Hollywood executives were concerned that a movie with high concepts such as Dune might not attract enough audiences, so creating multiple parts to the saga would not suffice.
But the box office ratings of this movie say otherwise, displaying a real draw. It can be attributed to director Villeneuve and his ability for more installments in another successful franchise-building project.
“I want to have more flexibility, and it will be possible to go a little bit deeper into some of these details. It’s like a chess game. Dune: Part 2 will introduce some new characters in the second part, and a decision I made very early on was that this first part would be more about Paul Atreides and Bene Gesserit and his experience of being in contact for the first time with a different culture,” explained Villeneuve. “Second part, there will be much more Harkonnen stuff.”