Dune is not so much the first movie in a series, but the first half of one extremely long movie covering a single book. But there is some trepidation among fans that even if Denis Villeneuve has created a sci-fi masterpiece, like he did with Blade Runner 2049, that it will perform well enough to get the sequel it obviously requires.
Well, it seems like fans shouldn’t be that worried. Not just because of the box office, which appears to be shaping up quite nicely, even with Dune being offered on HBO Max. But even before anything has been tallied, there have been some pretty strong signals that WB is on board for Dune: Part 2 no matter what.
Here’s WB president Ann Sarnoff speaking to Deadline this week:
“Will we have a sequel to Dune? If you watch the movie you see how it ends, I think you pretty much know the answer to that.”
That jives with previous optimistic statements from Villeneuve himself about the project, which also has an in-the-works TV spin-off for HBO Max.
“They feel that it would need a really bad outcome at the box office to not have a Dune: Part Two, because they love the movie. They are proud of the movie, so they want the movie to move forward. And they still did half of it.”
So it wasn’t 100% from the start, but the indication was that Dune would have to be an utter box office tragedy for the sequel not to be greenlit. But that does not appear to be happening. Early results are starting to trickle in with solid numbers for Dune, and while we still have to wait and see what the weekend totals will be, we may be avoiding a Blade Runner 2049 situation here, where the problem with that film was not its quality, but its box office performance. Dune has already made $130 million of its $165 million budget back overseas, and that’s not including any domestic numbers yet.
It does seem very, very likely that Dune Part 2 will happen and we will get to see the second half of the book realized onscreen, which mostly focuses on Paul’s time in the desert, though we also get to check back in with character that essentially disappeared from the first movie, like Josh Brolin’s Gurney Halleck and Stephen McKinley Henderson Thufir Hawat. Expect a lot more of Javier Barden’s Stilgar and Zendaya’s Chani, as well.
So, Dune seems like it’s getting its Part 2. And it may even be an actual hit on top of that, but we’ll see how the weekend goes when all is said and done.
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