Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment’s new version of Frank Herbert’s weighty novel Dune, formerly adapted as a controversial [and flop] David Lynch movie [which I love] and a TV series. It now seems that the aim, if all goes according to plan, is to spread the saga across two movies, Legendary CEO Joshua Grode told ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ this week:
“That’s the plan. There’s a backstory that was hinted at in some of the books that we expanded. Also, when you read the book there’s a logical place to stop the movie before the book is over.”
Of course, whether or not a second film actually gets made will depend entirely on how Dune performs at the box office, so we’ll have a clearer picture come November 20, 2020.
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
Villeneuve is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. Starring are Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem