When Dune was first announced by Legendary Entertainment there had been reports that the studio had planned on taking the original book then splitting it into two separate films, but there really hasn’t been much clarity or confirmation from Legendary on that aspect.
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
Well, Legendary CEO Joshua Grode has given us a glimmer of hope by suggesting in a recent interview with TheHollywoodReporter that they “plan” on making two movies and suggests there is a natural point in the novel that they can stop for the second installment.
THR: Will Dune be two movies?
GRODE: “That’s the plan. There’s a backstory that was hinted at in some of the books [that we expanded]. Also, when you read the book there’s a logical place to stop the movie before the book is over.”
However, what Grode doesn’t clarify if they’ll shoot this second film back-to-back with the first movie which is currently in production or wait until that film releases, considering there is a time jump in the book that could lend itself for them to wait a bit before shooting a second movie. Because of this, they wouldn’t need to shoot both movies at once because of a natural passage of time between the two installments could work.
As far as we know Denis Villeneuve is only filming one picture at the moment since there is only a single release date officially. There is, however, the original idea for Dune was to turn it into a franchise and there is plenty of source material if they want to pursue movies between the first two.
Dune’s fantastic cast includes Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica Atreides, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Harkonnen, Zendeya as Chani, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam, David Dastmcalchian as Piter De Vries, Dave Bautista as the Baron’s nephew Rabban, Chang Chen as Dr. Yueh, and Stephen Henderson.
Warner Bros. has given the first installment of Dune a release date of November 20th, 2020.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER