It’s no secret to anyone who’s seen “Dune” that it was in many ways half a movie. It ends in a kind of weird, anti-climactic place and leaves a lot on the table to explore in whatever sequel it was setting up. But it was a risky move given that this very expensive blockbuster was, in and of itself, quite a risk. (And that was before the HBO Max release muddied the waters a bit more.) Luckily, the movie is currently less than $1 million away from earning $400 million at the worldwide box office and recently won a ton of Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture.

Regardless, the first go-ahead seemed to indicate that the studio was intent on getting the full extent of the story out to the world. In some ways, this approach makes sense as long as the first movie wasn’t a total flop. In the era of streaming, presenting the full story will add much more value in the future far beyond the box office. Not to mention, if the sequel can pop, Herbert has several other books in the franchise that can be leveraged for other sequels/spin-offs down the road.

Production on the sequel is set to begin this summer with much of the cast, including Timotheé Chalamet and Zendaya, reprising their roles. Villeneuve will once again be behind the camera, with the script ready to go.

Empire Magazine’s April 2022 issue comes out on February 17, while “Dune: Part Two” is currently slated to hit theaters on October 20, 2023.