Since the release of Dune, the galactic epic directed by Denis Villeneuve that adapts Frank Herbert’s original book, it became clear that the film was the first part of two. With a cast led by Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, and Rebeca Ferguson, the director made it clear that his work had great potential to become a universe, but for now, the story was framed in two distinct parts.
But… what if Dune were to become something more? In an interview with Empire Magazine, the director of Blade Runner 2049 has made it very clear that, for him, it would be a dream to turn this saga into a trilogy. And how would he do it? Simple: by also adapting “Dune Messiah,” the official sequel to Dune that Herbert wrote about Paul Atreides’ reign after achieving his revenge.
“Making a trilogy would be my dream,” he said
“Making a trilogy would be my dream,” the director explained in the interview. “Dune Messiah was written in response to the fact that people perceived Paul Atreides as a hero, which is not what [Herbert] wanted to do. My adaptation [of Dune] is closer to his idea that it’s actually a warning.”
In this way, it would not only allow Villeneuve to complete his story but also to clearly reflect Herbert’s vision of his books. However, Herbert wrote much more after this book… although that’s something the director is not as interested in: “After that, the books become more… esoteric,” he says. So the third part would be his perfect culmination, and he has also explained that there are “words on paper,” so it’s not just a distant dream for Villeneuve.
The second part of Dune will premiere on March 15, 2024, experiencing a significant delay due to the ongoing Hollywood studio strikes. However, Villeneuve is already involved in other projects, so he will take a break from Dune, at least for now, after the release.
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