Denis Villeneuve has always expressed confidence Warner Bros. would greenlight a sequel to Dune, even though box office prospects were somewhat muted. Well, after a $41M domestic opening, the best the studio’s had all year, and a $220M global total, Villeneuve was right to be optimistic.
Legendary Pictures has confirmed Dune: Part Two is indeed happening, revealed in a tweet that reads “This is only the beginning.”
This is only the beginning…
Thank you to those who have experienced @dunemovie so far, and those who are going in the days and weeks ahead. We're excited to continue the journey! pic.twitter.com/mZj68Hnm0A
— Legendary (@Legendary) October 26, 2021
Dune: Part Two is expected to arrive in October 20th 2023, with Timothee Chalamet returning as Paul Atreides. While Paul was the focus of the first movie, it didn’t leave much room for Zendaya as Chani, who was mostly seen as a vision. She will take centerstage in the sequel, however, as promised by Villeneuve himself recently.