Dune Authors Confirm New Prequel Book Ahead of Denis Villeneuve's Film Adaptation

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It will still be a long wait for Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Dune but the authors of the novel may have something to help you prepare for the movie. A new book, which will kickstart a trilogy, has just been announced and it will serve as a prequel to the Timothee Chalamet film.

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson recently took part in the Dunepanel at Comic-Con@Home where they confirmed that they have been working on a new trilogy of novels. The first book is titled Dune: The Duke of Caladan and it will take place a full year before Paul Atreides makes the huge move with his family to Arrakis.

Although the next two novels were not yet revealed, Herbert and Anderson shared that the third book will conclude with the announcement that Duke Leto Atreides will need to leave Caladan and move to Arrakis. This should lead directly to the events in the movie.

So why write the new books right before the film's premiere? Anderson pointed out that the novels should allow new fans to learn more about Dune.

"We might be getting a lot of brand-new readers, so we didn't want to do something that was in a very obscure timeframe. We wanted something that could be easily accessible and familiar to anybody who'd just read the first Dune novel," Anderson said. "It'll be a familiar way to get everybody right up to speed to reading Dune and seeing the film, so we felt this was the right time for bringing this story."

That's a cool idea and we can't wait to get our hands on the new books.

Dune: The Duke of Caladan will be released on October 12. Villeneuve's Dune film will premiere on December 18.

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