The preview of the long-awaited Dunes from Denis Villeneuve will inaugurate the Venice Film Festival next September 1st, yet we are already talking about a sequel.
The director has revealed that he plans to create part 2 of the story, this time narrated from the perspective of Chani’s character played by Zendaya, which takes the baton from Timothée Chalamet, star of the first film with the role of Paul Atreides.
Villeneuve however, he admitted that there is only one way Dune: Part Two get the green light and, of course, it’s about box office receipts:
“There are no Dune 1 and Dune 2. It’s Dune: Part 1 and Dune: Part 2“, said the director a Total Film.
“So the first thing was to prove that you could make a beautiful and popular movie and that it can exist, and I think I proved that – everyone at Warner Bros and Legendary, they are 100% with the project. They think it would take a really bad box office result to not have a Dune: Part 2, because they love the movie. They are proud of the film, so they want the film to move forward. And we do the second half. So, you know, I’m very optimistic“.
In short, Villeneuve makes it known that he intends to create what will in effect be a cinematic diptych inspired by the monumental science fiction novel by Frank Herbert.
Dunes tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man, born with a great destiny beyond his understanding, who will have to travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.
As malevolent forces erupt into conflict to grab the most precious resource on the planet Arrakis, a spice capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential, Paul begins to question his fate when the mysterious Chani (Zendaya). After Paul and his family are betrayed, the boy will lead the rebels – only those who can overcome fear will survive.
Dune arrives at the cinema on September 16th.
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