In the last line of Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” Zendaya’s character says, “This is only the beginning.” She may as nicely have been speaking about the “Dune” franchise alone. Villeneuve is at present in pre-creation on “Dune: Portion 2,” which is expected to start off filming in late summer season, and a television collection centered on the Bene Gesserit is by now in growth. Jon Spaihts, who is an Oscar nominee this 12 months for co-creating “Dune” with Villeneuve and Eric Roth, hinted to The Playlist this 7 days that the franchise almost certainly won’t quit there as he’s been hired to “investigate other cinematic prospects in the ‘Dune’ universe.”
Spaihts was at first set to serve as showrunner of the aforementioned HBO Max tv collection, formally titled “Dune: The Sisterhood,” but he dropped out of the project in November 2019 so he could aim exclusively on creating “Dune: Aspect 2.” But that is not at all Spaihts was tasked with by WarnerMedia.
“[The television show] is carrying on and I’m not authorized to communicate about it pretty considerably. But that effort and hard work is alive and effectively,” Spaihts explained to The Playlist. “I finished up acquiring moved off of it to get the job done, not just on ‘Dune: Part 2,’ but to examine other cinematic prospective clients in the ‘Dune’ universe, which we are even now speaking about and which, once more, I’m not permitted to say pretty a great deal about. But it is a incredibly abundant planet in which to engage in, and I believe it is ripe with prospects for storytelling in every single direction.”
Contemplating Spaihts’ comment, it seems WarnerMedia is hoping to grow the “Dune” universe beyond just the assignments that have been declared. It’s rarely a surprising reveal supplied that most big studio franchises these days, from Marvel to “Star Wars” and the DCEU, exist throughout a variety of movie and streaming television assignments. Villeneuve has now gone on file expressing fascination in building a third “Dune” movie based mostly on Frank Herbert’s sequel novel “Dune Messiah.”
“There is ‘Dune’s’ second reserve, ‘The Messiah of Dune,’ which could make an extraordinary film,” Villeneuve advised CBC Radio Canada previous August. “I generally saw that there could be a trilogy following that, we’ll see. It is a long time of function I simply cannot believe of going further than that.”
Spaihts doubled down on the potential for a third “Dune” film, telling The Playlist, “Denis has talked significantly about earning [‘Dune Messiah’] as perfectly, as a summary of the trilogy. ‘Dune Messiah’ is a extremely appealing e-book, which in some strategies, deconstructs ‘Dune’ and plays as a cautionary tale, even a lot more than Dune does, about the dangers of blending religion and politics, the hazards of adhering to charismatic leaders and the unsafe battle that is generally alive among the unique and establishments.”
When asked if “Dune: Component 2” might lay the groundwork with hints at what’s to arrive in a potential 3rd movie, Spaihts answered, “I imagine which is proper. There are a several tantalizing strands that guide into the potential and counsel that we might not be carried out in this universe, regardless of the truth that the ending of ‘Dune’ as a novel, which will be the ending of the 2nd movie, is a quite fulfilling summary.”
“Dune” is now available to stream on HBO Max. “Dune: Part 2” is set for launch from Warner Bros. on October 23, 2023.