This past weekend was crazy for films, with Dune finally hitting theaters after multiple delays due to the ongoing pandemic. Dune was immediately met with praise from critics and fans alike and opened to $40 million at the domestic box office this weekend. Fans have become increasingly anxious for the continuation of the franchise as the film begins with the reveal that this is only the first part in what could be a potential franchise for Warner Brothers and Legendary.
Luckily, fans appear to have received their wish. Legendary took to Twitter to officially confirm that Dune: Part Two is officially in the works. The sequel is set to hit theaters on October 20th, 2023, and will be exclusive to theaters, unlike Part One‘s day and date release on HBO Max.
Director Denis Villeneuve had this to say about the sequel announcement and how happy he is to continue telling Herbert’s story.
“I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with Dune: Part Two, It was a dream of mine to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune and I have the fans, the cast, and crew, Legendary and Warner Bros. to thank for supporting this dream. This is only the beginning.”
Legendary also commented on the news following its big announcement
“Legendary is pleased to officially move forward with Dune: Part Two…once again based on the amazing books written by Frank Herbert, We would not have gotten to this point without the extraordinary vision of Denis and the amazing work of his talented crew, the writers, our stellar cast, our partners at Warner Bros., and of course the fans! Here’s to more Dune.”
No official casting has been announced but Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem, and Stellan Skarsgård will most likely be reprising their roles in the sequel.