Plans are afoot to continue the Dune story on the big screen, and Denis Villeneuve is already working on Dune 2.

British filmmaker Danny Boyle once revealed that the key to getting films made was to simply start on them; if you look busy and it looks like things are moving, you’re far less likely to be told to stop. Denis Villeneuve seems to have taken a page out of the Boyle playbook by announcing that he is working on the script for Dune 2 even though the first film has yet to be released and no sequel has been officially greenlit.

With the current climate being what it is, it may be particularly difficult to persuade financiers that Dune deserves a sequel upon release. After all, it’s going straight to HBO Max as well as the cinemas in the US (after some internal disagreements at Warner Bros, it would seem), plus blockbusters are having a tough time proving their worth theatrically at the moment anyway. Villeneuve then, seems to be taking matters into his hands by simply willing the sequel into existence.

Yesterday he revealed that the sequel will follow Zendaya’s character, Chani, and today he has revealed that the script is in progress, stating that “I’m writing [the second one] 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) film is set to released in October and we can only hope audiences respond in enough numbers for the full extent of Villeneuve’s vision to make it onto the screen. Anything less would be a huge shame indeed. Can’t wait.

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