Dune Part Two Amps Up the Action: Dune Part Two Amps Up the ActionFor all those movie enthusiasts who felt the first “Dune” installment lacked a bit in the action department, director Denis Villeneuve promises that the upcoming sequel will deliver on that front. In a recent interview with Total Film magazine, Villeneuve described the 2024 sequel as “more muscular” compared to its 2021 predecessor.
In his words, “The first movie was more meditative and contemplative. We were following a young man discovering a new planet, a new culture. The second movie…its more of an action film than the first part. Its more muscular.”
“Dune: Part Two” is set to visually embody this muscularity as the entire film was shot using IMAX cameras, a step up from the 35-40% of footage shot on IMAX for “Part One.” The original “Dune” garnered critical acclaim, grossing $402 million worldwide and securing 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Notably, it clinched Oscars for original score, sound, film editing, cinematography, production design, and visual effects.
Returning to the sequel are the familiar faces of Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem. Joining the cast are newcomers Christopher Walken, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, and Léa Seydoux
The official synopsis for “Dune: Part Two” from Warner Bros. and Legendary hints at an epic continuation: “This follow-up film will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.”
In a recent Empire interview, Villeneuve expressed his aspirations for a third installment, stating, If I succeed in making a trilogy, that would be the dream. On the progress of “Dune: Part Three,” he teased, I will say, there are words on paper. The potential third installment would draw inspiration from “Dune Messiah,” the direct sequel to Frank Herberts original 1965 novel.
To the delight of fans, Warner Bros. and Legendary moved up the release date for “Dune: Part Two” to March 1, 2023, providing an earlier glimpse into the next chapter of this sci-fi saga. Originally slated for Nov. 3, the date shift to March 15, 2024, allowed the cast to promote the film amidst Hollywood strikes. The new date brings the sequel two weeks closer to eager audiences.
Our Reader’s Queries
Will there be Dune Part 3?
Villeneuve announced that the third Dune movie will focus on Paul Atreides as he reaches the conclusion of his journey. Villeneuve has always wanted to turn Dune into a trilogy, and now his plans are coming to fruition.
Will there be a Dune Part 4?
Dune 4 & 5 are not happening, but that’s actually a positive outcome. Denis Villeneuve’s Dune film series will be a trilogy, concluding with Dune: Messiah. This is a promising development for Villeneuve’s sci-fi legacy.
Does Jason Momoa come back in Dune 2?
There’s no confirmation yet that Jason Momoa will be back for Dune 2. In the first movie, his character Duncan meets a heroic end while defending Paul, Lady Jessica, and Kynes from Sardaukar warriors. It’s a standout fight scene, but we’ll have to wait and see if Momoa will return for the sequel.
Will Dune be a trilogy?
During an Empire interview, the director revealed his intentions for a third Dune movie: There are plans in the works. The release of Dune: Part Two could be pushed back to 2024 because of the strike, but it looks like there’s more to come from Arrakis.