Why is ‘Dune’ released in two parts? And when does the second arrive?

Eye! When you go to see Denis Villeneuve’s film, remember that it is only the first part.

When you go to see Dune to the cinema you will find breathtaking landscapes, incredible settings, great performances and … an unfinished story. From the beginning, Denis Villeneuve has maintained that his plan to adapt the Frank Herbert classic was to make two films, and he has very good reasons for that.

To begin with, because as you leave the cinema you will be wondering: and when do they release the second one? Two films, double the number of tickets sold. Especially if we talk about one like Dune, which catches you from the first minute and does not let you out of it until two and a half hours later. If the first works well at the box office, the number of attendees at the second is practically assured.

But Villeneuve did not have financial reasons in mind when planning the project.. Theirs had more to do with a creative vision and lack of space to tell the universe of Herbert well. The novel published in 1965 has 412 pages. Comparing it with the 1505 of the It Stephen King’s may not sound so far-fetched, but its diversity of characters and planets makes it difficult to adapt to the big screen without missing details along the way. The script of a movie usually has between 90 and 120 pages -more or less its minutes in length-, so you will imagine that it is not easy to summarize more than 400 pages in half the space.

That is the main reason why Dune hit theaters in two parts. The director explained it this way in an interview with Vanity Fair:

I would not have agreed to make this adaptation of the book into a single movie. The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power from the details

He wanted to make sure that the viewer had a good understanding of what Arrakis was before delving into this universe. Therefore, the first installment lays the foundations. “The hardest task was to introduce the public to this world. To the codes, the cultures, the different families, the different poses. Now that it’s done, it makes for a cool playground. It will allow me to go crazy and really create“, he explained to io9.

As much as ‘Dune Part 1’ has undoubtedly been the project I’ve been most excited about, ‘Dune Part 2’ makes me even more excited

If Villeneuve has been able to make a film like Dune when he was just introducing us to Herbert’s universe, what wonder will he be able to do now that he is fully acquainted with the Atreides, Fremen and Bene Gesserit? Unfortunately, we are still going to have to wait several months – if not years – to see it. Villeneuve is ready to get back to work, but the truth is that the second part has not yet received the green light.

The sequel to ‘Dune’ still does not have a green light and could depend on its reception on HBO Max

According to rumors, Warner Bros. is waiting to see the results at the box office to decide to continue with the saga. Once they say yes, the team has to go back to building sets, preparing actors … “I’m ready to go pretty fast. Fast in terms of a film of this size,” declares the director in io9, “You still need sets and costumes, we’re talking months. If there is enthusiasm and the movie has the green light, I will say that I am ready to shoot in 2022“.

Meanwhile you can see Dune in Spanish cinemas from September 17. Timothee Chalamet, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin are some of the names that make up this luxury cast.

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