Denis Villeneuve knows his limits. The director will not go beyond three Dune movies, he said Time this week, despite six films.
“Messiah of the dunes should be the last Dune movie for me,” Villeneuve said. The director, currently on the verge of release Dune: part twosaid his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novels was the product of a lifetime of fandom.
“I was trying to be, as a filmmaker, as invisible as possible,” he said of the first film. Dune film, released in 2021. “I did my best to keep the poetry of the book, the atmosphere, the colors, the smell, everything I felt while reading the book. I tried.”
Dune: part two picks up where the first left off: Paul Atréides (Timothée Chalamet) finally reaches Chani (Zendaya) and joins forces with the Fremen to bring down the evil Harkonnens. Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard and Dave Bautista also return for the sequel. Initially scheduled for 2023, the film was pushed back to March due to the actors’ strike.
In the meantime, Villeneuve says he worked on the screenplay for Messiah of the duneswhich will adapt the second of Herbert’s six Dune novels (but has not yet received the official green light).
“If I manage to make a trilogy, that would be the dream,” Villeneuve said. Empire Magazine in August. “Messiah of the dunes was written in reaction to the fact that people perceived Paul Atreides as a hero, which is not the case. [Herbert] wanted to do. My adaptation [of Dune] is closer to his idea than it is actually a warning.
After that, he would like to say goodbye to the franchise, a choice motivated by his avoidance of a Hollywood too driven by money.
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