Dune 3 script is almost completed according to Denis Villeneuve, but he will probably take on another project beforehand

While fans wait for the next chapter to finally fill IMAX screens, Villeneuve reveals what’s in store for the future if it’s a success.

Last Updated on December 15, 2023

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Dune: Part Two faced a delay when the studios didn’t want to release the film with the strikes taking place, and the actors would not be able to do promotions. Now, the Denis Villeneuve epic sci-fi will be released early next year. Chances are, the delay could work in the movie’s favor to create a more intense anticipation by prolonging the wait. While it remains to be seen what kind of business this sequel does, Denis Villeneuve is outlining the future for both the franchise and his career. According to Variety, Villeneuve recently spoke at a press conference in South Korea where he feels this new film is better than the first. He also reveals that a script for the third is almost written, but he may wait to tackle that one in favor of a different project in between. The Sicario director stated the script for Dune 3, titled Dune Messiah, is “being written right now. The screenplay is almost finished but it is not finished. It will take a little time…There’s a dream of making a third movie…it would make absolute sense to me.”

Villeneuve explained that the gigantic task of making both movies didn’t have too much breathing room for him as “there was no gap.” He feels he may take on a project in between Dune: Part Two and Dune Messiah. It also very well depends on how Dune: Part Two performs at the box office before a Dune 3 can become reality. Villeneuve says, “I don’t know exactly when I will go back to Arrakis. I might make a detour before just to go away from the sun. For my mental sanity I might do something in between, but my dream would be to go a last time on this planet that I love.”

The director is excited to finally release this chapter because he feels he has outdone the first one. “For me, this film is much better than Part One. There’s something more alive in it. There’s a relationship to the characters. I was trying to reach for an intensity and a quality of emotions that I didn’t reach with Part One and that I did reach with Part Two. I’m not saying the film is perfect, but I’m much more happy with Part Two than I was with Part One. I can not wait to share it with the fans and the moviegoers.”

Source: Variety

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