As much as the Hollywood strikes have affected the release of Dunes: Part 2, Denis Villeneuve He remains excited that his saga of films about the desert planet will be as long as a sandworm. In fact, the Canadian affirms that he has already begun to project a third part, although he does not know if he will be able to shoot it.
In an interview with Empire (via IndieWire), Villeneuve has explained that Dunes: Part 3 would adapt The Messiah of Dune the third novel of Frank Herbert about the character of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet). In this way, it would work as an epilogue to the two films based on the first volume.
“If I manage to shoot a trilogy, it would be like a dream,” Villeneuve admits. “The Messiah of Dune was written as a reaction to the fact that the public perceived Paul Atreides as a messianic hero, which was not what [Herbert] I expected. My adaptation is closer to the idea that it’s actually a warning.”
The director also admits that the filming of this Part 3 it is conditional on the box office success of the second installment. “If I succeed and make a trilogy, it would be my dream”, Explain. Despite this, he adds, the project is underway: “I will only say that there are already words on paper.”
Published serially in 1969, four years after the Dune original, The Dune Messiah puzzled readers because it was a novel with much less action and more political intrigue. And, above all, because of a cynical and pessimistic tone that pointed, as Villeneuve explains, to those who had swallowed the story of the heroism of Paul Atreides, identified in the novel as the bloodiest dictator in the history of humanity.
For now, we will have to wait for March 15, 2024 for Dunes: Part 2, a film that will feature familiar faces from the first film (Chalamet, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson…) and with the additions of Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, Léa Seydoux and Christopher Walken.
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