Dune part 2: when is the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s film coming out?

Released on Wednesday September 15 in our theaters, “Dune” only concentrates half of the novel by Frank Herbert, adapted for the cinema by Denis Villeneuve. But another movie is planned, and here’s what we know about it.

“This is just the beginning”, says Chani (Zendaya) to Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) in one of Dune’s last moments. Because Denis Villeneuve’s film actually covers only the first half of Frank Herbert’s book, which is sure to frustrate viewers. If it was never a question of condensing the entire book into a single feature film, the director would have liked to shoot the two parts in a single block.

“I wanted, from the start, to shoot both parts at the same time”, he told Variety. “But for various reasons it couldn’t be done, and I accepted the challenge of filming the first part and then waiting to see if the film had enough enthusiasm. When I did, I ‘Really put all my passion into it, in case that’s the only one. But I’m optimistic. “

“If Dune – Part Two is to see the light of day, I have to say it would be an incredible playground for me. Pure cinematic fun. I don’t want to speak for the whole team, but we feel like we have created a family on this movie, and being able to reunite would be heaven. “

While we wait to see if this second part will see the light of day, let’s review what we know about it. Starting with the fact that it will probably not be officially announced by Warner, before the release of the film in the United States (in theaters and on HBO Max) on October 22.


As the project has yet to receive a green light from the studio, there is currently no release date for the Dune sequel. Neither have the shots been fixed. But Denis Villeneuve says he is already in the starting blocks for the first clap to sound next year: “To quickly immerse yourself in a film of this magnitude, you always have to do sets, costumes, and that takes months”, he told several media including Slash Movie.

“But if there is excitement and the film gets the green light ASAP, I think I’ll be ready to shoot in 2022. I would love to be, because I’m ready to go back, and I would like to [le résultat] be on the big screen as soon as possible. “ An exit in 2023 would therefore be expected, in the best of all possible worlds.

Because the first opus was shot between March 18 and July 20, 2019 (with reshoots in August 2020) and was due out the following year, before the Covid pushes it back to 2021. We will therefore have to wait at least two years before plunging back into the universe under the leadership of Denis Villeneuve.


Because we do not change a team that wins (or that seems very well equipped for), Denis Villeneuve will find the members of his cast whose characters are still alive at the end of the first opus. Starting with Timothée Chalamet and, above all, Zendaya, who should be the headliner of the sequel. The director has indeed announced that Chani, whose presence here is reduced (his interpreter only shot for four days), would be the heroine of the second film.

Dune part 2: when is the sequel to denis villeneuve's film coming out?

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Chani (Zendaya) biding his time

We should also expect some new faces. And in particular that of Feyd-Rautha, nephew of Baron Harkonnen embodied by Sting in the version signed David Lynch in 1984, and who shines here by his absence. As for the technical team, there is no doubt that everyone is ready to get back on track. Whether it’s cinematographer Greig Fraser, production designer Patrice Vermette, costume designers Jacqueline West and Bob Morgan, or composer Hans Zimmer.

After having passed the hand on Tenet of Christopher Nolan to be able to carry out one of his dreams (to put Dune in music), it would be indeed very astonishing if it does not go to the end of the adventure. Especially since this one could last a while.

WARNING – The part below contains potential spoilers for those who absolutely do not want to know anything before discovering the second part of the film. Please skip a few lines if you are one of those people.


If the feature film is true to the book, we’ll see Paul, considered the Messiah by the Fremen, change his name to Muad’Dib. He will also develop his powers on contact with the Spice on Dune and learn a lot, including a big reveal about his mother Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson). Which will gain importance thanks to the faculties acquired from the Bene Gesserit, by taking the title of Reverend Mother.

One can however wonder how Denis Villeneuve will manage to put Chani at the center of the story in which Paul will also have a revelation as Kwisatz Haderach, and will lead the revolt against the Harkonnen and Emperor Shaddam IV



If Denis Villeneuve has decided to divide his adaptation of Dune into two parts, the director does not intend to stop there and is now talking about a trilogy. Not by stretching the events of the sequel to give birth to an additional The Hobbit-style opus, but by taking on another book by Frank Herbert: “The Messiah of Dune”, published in 1969, four after “Dune”.

Second part of what is called “The Dune Cycle”, the story that gave rise to an unmemorable mini-series in the early 2000s (but with James McAvoy in the cast), and takes place several years after “Dune” by notably changing the character of Paul Atreides, from a way that we will not detail here, so as not to spoil those who absolutely do not want to know anything.

Dune part 2: when is the sequel to denis villeneuve's film coming out?

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James McAvoy, alias Leto Atreides II, in the miniseries “Children of Dune”

“‘The Messiah of Dune’ can make an extraordinary film”, Denis Villeneuve told CBC Radio Canada. “I always thought there was a trilogy to be made. Then we’ll see. It’s years of work, I can’t imagine going beyond that.” Unlike the second film of the saga, which he had to think about beforehand (“When you get started on a two-part movie, you necessarily have to know what you’re going to do in the second when you do the first”, he tells Slash Film), the third part can come a little later and be thought of differently.

But everything will obviously depend on the success of the first opus. Knowing that a spin-off series, The Sisterhood, on the Bene Gesserit, is also in preparation for HBO Max. If you are among those who have waited for this adaptation of Dune for many years, your patience will finally be rewarded. And maybe more than you expected.

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