Dune is officially getting a sequel with Warner Bros. and Legendary announcing that Dune: Part Two will continue the story of the first movie and complete the opening novel in the series by author Frank Herbert.
The first movie was released earlier this month and Legendary Entertainment has already announced plans to launch a sequel in October 2023, revealing the news via Twitter post.
The production company said: “This is only the beginning… Thank you to those who have experienced @dunemovie so far, and those who are going in the days and weeks ahead. We’re excited to continue the journey!”
This is only the beginning…
— Legendary (@Legendary) October 26, 2021
Dune features a star-studded cast that includes Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa and Oscar Isaac and focuses primarily on the events of the first half of Frank Herbert’s novel.
The sequel will look to completing this story, with a possible third movie based on Herbert’s Dune Messiah book also rumoured.
The movie has already performed well at the box office, with a budget of $165m, it has already reported having taken $225m at the global box office since its release last Thursday.
Director Denis Villeneuve previously admitted to being “optimistic” about the prospect of making a sequel.
Villeneuve, whose previous directing credits included Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, and Sicario, recently told Variety: “I wanted at the beginning to do the two parts simultaneously.
“For several reasons, it didn’t happen, and I agreed to the challenge of making part one and then wait to see if the movie rings enough enthusiasm…As I was doing the first part, I really put all my passion into it, i