One little bit of confusion in regard to filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s currently shooting adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic sci-fi novel “Dune” has been that of its length.
Specifically there’s been talk that, much like the recent adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT,” it is going to be spread across two separate films which won’t be shot back-to-back with the first to be released before a second goes into production.
Last May, Villeneuve himself confirmed the project will consist of two movies and that there’s a natural break in the story where the currently shooting first film will end. Whether the studio agreed with that plan though wasn’t clear.
That changed today as Legendary CEO Joshua Grode, speaking with THR today, confirms that his company is fully onboard with the two-film plan and seems intent on making the sequel:
“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.”
Villeneuve has assembled a stellar cast for the project including Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. However, with over a month of filming completed, some key roles remain unannounced or uncast including Feyd, Irulan and Emperor Shaddam IV.
“Dune,” or rather its first chapter, will open November 20th 2020.