Though he’s suggested it in the past, it has now been confirmed that “Sicario” and “Blade Runner 2049” filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming movie based on Frank Herbert’s iconic sci-fi novel “Dune,” will be a two-parter.
Author Brian Herbert, son of Frank and a consultant on the film, has provided a brief update on the project in a new tweet and said: “I have just received Draft #4 of the DUNE screenplay from Legendary Pictures. This is for the first movie, covering approximately half of the novel DUNE. I’m very excited and pleased about this, and I’m beginning to burn the midnight oil.”
“Dune” is famously an incredibly dense work, one that essentially defies a single film adaptation. However films of this scale are almost never given a chance for a sequel unless the first film performs. As a result, Villeneuve is adopting an approach that sounds similar to what Andy Muschietti did with “IT” by planning out two movies, but designing the first to also be somewhat standalone.
The younger Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have reportedly been giving their input on the script drafts and are keen to work with Legendary on the project.