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‘Dune’ Director Denis Villeneuve Says A Third Film Screenplay Is Almost Finished As He Touts Upcoming Sequel

Director Denis Villeneuve has high hopes for Dune: Part Two, which is currently scheduled for release on March 1, 2024, after bouncing through several potential dates.

But at a South Korean press conference, Villeneuve indicated that there’s more to come: he’s almost finished writing the script for a third Dune movie.

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[Dune Messiah] is being written right now,” Villeneuve said. “The screenplay is almost finished, but it’s not finished. It will take a little time.”

Villeneuve said the third installment will follow Paul Atreides as he navigates “the end of [his] journey.”

Plans to turn Dune into a trilogy have long been a Villeneuve desire. “If I succeed in making a trilogy, that would be the dream,” he told Empire magazine last summer.

But before there’s a part three, Villeneuve has very high hopes for the second film.

“For me, this film is much better than Part One,” Villeneuve said. “There’s something more alive in it. There’s a relationship to the characters. I was trying to reach for an intensity and a quality of emotions that I didn’t reach with Part One and that I did reach with Part Two. I’m not saying the film is perfect, but I’m much more happy with Part Two than I was with Part One. I can not wait to share it with the fans and the moviegoers.”

Dune: Part Two will see Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya return, joined by Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, Stellan Skarsgård and Javier Bardem.

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