The arrival of Dunes, the new film adaptation of the novel by Frank Herbert, is now imminent but the numerous delays and postponements caused by the pandemic have allowed its director, Denis Villeneuve, to think about his too sequel, which could start shooting in 2022.
We know that Villeneuve’s intentions have always been to make a second film that can conclude the adaptation of the first novel, but also to shoot the film of Messiah of Dune, the second novel in the Dune cycle.
Is the sequel to Dune ready to shoot in 2022?
In a recent interview, Villeneuve explained that while he knows that this is a large-scale project, he is ready to get to work:
“To proceed quickly with a film of that size you have to make sets, costumes, so we’re talking about months” explained the director. “But if the film is successful and the sequel has a green light, I can say I’ll be ready to shoot in 2022, for sure. 2022, for sure. I’d love to because I’m ready to start and I confess I’d like to bring it to the screen as soon as possible ”.
As we know, not all of the elements and characters that we would expect to see in the first film will be present in Dune (such as Feyd-Rautha), and many of these should instead be carried over to the second film. A choice made by the director to balance the duration of the two projects and give the right space to the key moments of the story.
“I didn’t want to sacrifice elements. Where do we end now, I thought it was the perfect way to feel… we feel that Paul (the character played by Timothée Chalamet) has a full arc, as a character for the first part. His relationship with his mother, we feel that there is something that is not a closure but something relevant in that moment, and to keep enough things for the latter. “
Dune plot, details and release date
Set on the planet Arrakis, we find ourselves exploring the story of two warring galactic royal families, the House of Atreides and the House of Harkonnen. When Duke Leto Atreides is assassinated, his son Paul and wife Jessica escape only to be saved by the Fremen, who become Paul’s personal army against the Harkonnen as they develop powers from the spice, a substance that extends life and makes possible the interstellar travel. A tangled web of royal intrigue is revealed as the Emperor and other cosmic powers attempt to wipe out the house of Atreides.
The protagonist will be Timothée Chalamet, in the role of Paul Atreides. Her mother, Lady Jessica, will be played by Rebecca Ferguson. Duke Leto will have the face of Oscar Isaac, flanked by loyal Gurney Halleck and Duncan Idaho played by Josh Brolin And Jason Mamoa. Zendaya instead it will be Chani, a mysterious Fremen girl who will capture Paul’s interest; the girl’s Fremen tribe will be led by Javier Bardem, in the guise of Stilgar. The main antagonists will be Stellan Skarsgård, the evil Baron Harkonnen, and Dave Bautista, in the guise of his nephew Rabban.
Denis Villeneuve he directed Dunes and co-wrote the script with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. The film is produced by Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve, Cale Boyter And Joe Caracciolo, Jr. Executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt And Kim Herbert.
The release date of Dunes in Italian cinemas is set for next September 16 (in the US it will arrive on October 22).
The film will also be screened out of competition, as a world premiere, at the 78th Venice Biennale International Film Festival which will take place from 1 to 11 September 2021.