Legendary Entertainment announced Tuesday that Denis Villeneuve's "Dune," which adapts the first half of Frank Herbert's 1965 science-fiction epic, will get a sequel. Whether that would be the case had been an unanswered question throughout the film's release, which was delayed a year by the pandemic and ultimately debuted both in theaters and on HBO Max. Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich said the studio will release "Dune: Part II" in October 2023. This time, the release is expected to be exclusively in theaters. "Dune" stars Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa and Zendaya.
You might have some questions after watching Dune, the main one being, "wait, that's it? There's got to be more, right?" If that's the case, don't worry: You're not alone. As epic and engrossing as Dune is, it only adapts part of Frank Herbert's novel, resulting in an inconclusive ending that sets up an as-yet unconfirmed Dune: Part Two. Despite its abruptness, Dune's ending still leaves us with a lot to get excited about, and quite a bit to unpack.
"This is only the beginning," says the desert nomad Chani (Zendaya) near the end of Dune, the long-awaited adaptation of Frank Herbert's influential sci-fi novel from the French Canadian writer-director Denis Villeneuve. Given that this 155-minute-long epic covers roughly half of the story told in the book's several-hundred pages and is explicitly framed at the beginning as Dune: Part One, this cryptic utterance, one of the few lines the character speaks, stands as a promise of a second installment to come. Whether Chani's vision of a second chapter will come to pass depends on how Villeneuve's gargantuan $165 million undertaking fares at the box office and on HBO Max this weekend. Since its publication in 1965, Dune has become one of the top-selling science-fiction titles of all time. It's also become a white whale--or in the story's own cosmology, an elusive giant sandworm--for visionary directors.
The Venice Film Festival has succumbed to Chala-mania. Rabid fans of Timothée Chalamet arrived in force on the Lido, desperate for a chance of glimpsing the young actor as he emerged from the press conference for Denis Villeneuve's Dune. The film's entire cast is in town for the world premiere of the sci-fi epic: Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin, along with director Villeneuve came out to promote the Warner Bros. release. But this crowd -- mainly young women, though several older ladies and a few men were among them -- only had eyes for Timmy. They jostled together along the banks of the canal behind the Casino building on the Lido, where the Dune press conference was being held.
This week: Batman gets a release date, Oscar Isaac might be going to Dune, Universal has a new plan for its monster mashup, and Zack Snyder is going back to making zombie flicks. Yesterday, Warner Bros. revealed the next Caped Crusader flick will hit theaters in June 25, 2021. It will not, however, feature Ben Affleck, who was originally slated to star and direct. Instead, Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) will be taking over behind the camera and looking for a new lead to wear the cowl. In other news, James Gunn, who was released from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 last year, is reportedly being eyed to direct The Suicide Squad, which will be released August 6, 2021.