Just after a few days after the first instalment of Dune hit theatres and a successful box office opening weekend Dune: Part Two and that has been officially greenlit. Now releasing simultaneously in theatres and now on streaming service HBO Max, Dune earned Warner Bros’s largest opening weekend box office of 2021 with over 40$m in the United States.
This resulted in a swift announcement that Dune: Part Two’s date is also set for October 20th, 2021 that is nearly after two years to the day after its predecessor. The announcement of Dune: Part Two should also not come as a surprise with director/writer Denis Villeneuve saying that the studio was completed in the project.
In fact, Villeneuve also seems to be quite busy with the work already. He has already started writing Dune and that was two 2 months before even when there was no announcement of the series renewal.
Villeneuve said in his statement about the sequel:
“I’m writing [Part Two] now, and I feel like I’m eight years old again. That’s very uncommon for me. It’s the first time I’ve experienced it where I’m watching one of my movies, and I have a moment of deep gratitude, of deep joy, and I say, ‘Thank you, life, for having allowed me to bring that to the screen.’ [laughs] I don’t know how other people will feel about it. But me? Denis Villeneuve when he was 14 years old? Thank you.”
The first instalment of the Dune series follows a storyline where Timothee Chalamet’s Paul Atreides. However in Dune: part two the focus will be shifted to Zendaya’s Chani. As Dune marks the second feature film adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic novel of the same name.
The harsh effects of coronavirus pandemic on the film industry, Warner Bros co-release strategy on HBO max has also gathered a new way of changing audience. It has adopted new viewing habits and had cast a questionable light on the financial prospects of the Dune. While some people were judging the film’s final potential, Villeneuve was certainly not held back by the questionable future of his franchise.
Now 2023 is still a way off but placeholder date gives us a little idea of what the landscape of film releases will be. Now within the month of October 2023, Sony and Marvel have recently announced that an untitled film coming on October 6th. While a new exotic film is also on the way from Universal Pictures. Now while Dune: Part Two is still two years away, it will be quite interesting to see if any of the release dates will change after this recent announcement.
But, the best part is that Dune: Part 2 will release exclusively on theatres on October 20, 2023. Now, all we can do is to wait for the series to come upon our screens finally. As soon as we get any updates we will surely update them here. Stay tuned to our website to stay updated for Dune: Part two.