Legendary has officially given the green light to Dune Part Two, which is scheduled to open in theaters on October 20, 2023. Warner Bros. Pictures will again distribute, though the film will not be available on HBO Max right away like Part One.
Dune Part One (read our review) opened to $41 million at the domestic box office and earned another $48.7 million internationally this weekend. The overseas total is up to $182.2 million and the worldwide total is $223.2 million so far.
“I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with Dune Part Two,” said Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049), who will return to direct.
“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 is pleased to officially move forward with Dune: Part Two… once again based on the amazing books written by Frank Herbert,” production company Legendary added.
“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.”
Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said: “Denis Villeneuve has crafted a film that is both visually extraordinary and emotionally transporting, as evidenced by its global success both critically and at the box office.
“We are thrilled to continue on this journey with Denis and his cast and crew, and our partners at Legendary, and can’t wait to bring the next chapter of this epic tale to theaters in October 2023.”
Based on Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.
As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
The film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name, Little Women), Rebecca Ferguson (Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Oscar Isaac (the Star Wars franchise), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Milk, Avengers: Infinity War), and Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl, Avengers: Age of Ultron).
Also starring are Dave Bautista (the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Avengers: Endgame), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences, Lady Bird), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Euphoria), Chang Chen (Mr. Long, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and David Dastmalchian (Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Knight).
The cast is rounded out by Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sex Education), Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Game of Thrones), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall).
Villeneuve directed Dune film from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve and Eric Roth based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. Villeneuve also produced the film with Mary Parent, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr.
The executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert. Dune was filmed on location in Budapest, Hungary, and in Jordan. The movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Oscar-winning and multiple Oscar-nominated composer Hans Zimmer (Blade Runner 2049, Inception, Gladiator, The Lion King) created the score and will return for the sequel.