Dune Director Denis Villeneuve Updates Fans on Sequel’s Production


Denis Villeneuve, director of the eagerly awaited sequel Dune: Part Two, has issued an encouraging update on its development. The filmmaker disclosed on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast that the screenplay for the sequel is nearing completion and that he is now enjoying being at the more unbound imaginative stage of production before going forward with the more practical stages of development.


“Right now, I’m in what you call ‘soft prep,’ meaning that we are finishing the screenplay. We’ll start storyboards soon. [Dune] Part 2 is being designed right now by [production designer] Patrice [Vermette]. It’s that beautiful part where it’s just dreaming, looking at the ceiling and thinking about the movie, I love it. I mean, it’s like the moment where everything is possible, before we have the shock of reality that will come.”


The sequel to Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune was green lit in October. Following several delays caused by the ongoing global pandemic (the film was initially due to be released in late 2020), the first Dune finally hit screens last September and was well-received by critics for its visuals, scope, and ambition.



The all-star cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem, Dune hurls audiences into the far future, dropping us into this adaptation of the complex world of Frank Herbert’s seminal novel.

Todd Fisher

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