Denis Villeneuve confirms that he’s set to get the second Dune film moving as quickly as possibly, as the first makes its way to $300m.

After all the worry and concern as to whether cinemagoers would be interested in a big, intelligent science fiction film, the box office success of Dune Part One has been really something to enjoy and celebrate. The movie added $15m at the US box office on its second weekend, with its Stateside take just shy of $70m. Worldwide, it’s about to cross $300m, and the second film was officially greenlit by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros last week.

Director Denis Villeneuve has given a new interview to The Hollywood Reporter where he confirms the story that a lot of pre-production work on the second film had already been done. It’s still going to be uphill though, with Villeneuve saying “it’s not a long period of time” – he’s not kidding, Part Two is due in 2023 – “but I will try to face that challenge because it’s important for me that the audience sees Part Two as soon as possible. It’s not a sequel where it’s another episode or another story with the same characters. It actually has direct continuity to the first movie. It’s the second part of the big, huge movie that I’m trying to do. So the sooner the better”.

Villeneuve also confirmed that the second film will be going directly to cinemas, without streaming on HBO Max in the US at the same time.

More on the movie as we hear it.

THR

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