We’ve known for a long time that director Denis Villeneuve’s film Dune, which will be released in theatres and on HBO Max on October 22nd, is only a partial adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel Dune. For the time being, Villeneuve is hoping that Dune: Part 2 will be given the green light so that he can finish the story. And if that works out, he already has a vision for Dune: Part 3. If you’re familiar with Herbert’s works, it’ll come as no surprise that the third film will be based on the second novel in the series, Dune Messiah.
The Dune mini-series was followed by a mini-series that combined adaptations of both Dune Messiah and the third book in the series, Children of Dune when Dune adaptations were being made for television in the early 2000s.
Speaking with CBC’s Radio Canada, Villeneuve said:
There is Dune’s second book, The Messiah of Dune, which could make an extraordinary film. I always saw that there could be a trilogy; after that, we’ll see. It’s years of work; I can’t think of going further than that.”
There are enough Dune novels written by Herbert that the franchise could easily go beyond three films. God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune follow Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune.
In addition to the Villeneuve films, an HBO Max series titled Dune: The Sisterhood is in the works, which will focus on the mysterious group known as the Bene Gesserit.
Scripted by Villeneuve, Eric Roth, and Jon Spaihts, Dune: Part 1 stars Timothée Chalamet as 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.
Chalamet’s co-stars include Oscar Issac as Paul’s father Duke Leto Atreides; Rebecca Ferguson as Paul’s mother Lady Jessica; Josh Brolin as troubadour-swordsman Gurney Halleck; Jason Momoa as swordmaster Duncan Idaho; Javier Bardem as helpful tribe leader Stilgar; Stellan Skarsgård as the villainous Baron Harkonnen; Dave Bautista as the brutish “Beast” Rabban; David Dastmalchian as the twisted Piter De Vries; Sharon Duncan-Brewster as ecologist Doctor Liet Kynes; Charlotte Rampling as the emperor’s truthsayer Reverend Mother Mohiam; Chang Chen as physician Dr. Yueh; Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat, Master of Assassins for House Atreides; and Zendaya as Chani, “a mystery woman who haunts Paul in his dreams”.