There is little doubt that Denis Villeneuve is ready to work on the Dune sequels. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that the Blade Runner 2049 director will start filming the second film any time soon. Villeneuve has just revealed that the Dune: Part 2 production start date might not be due until late next year. Interestingly, the filmmaker says that's the soonest possible time frame for the highly anticipated movie.
It's no secret that Villeneuve is set on working on three Dune films. The Sicario director has made it clear in the past and repeatedly expressed his intent in almost every interview. That said, Villeneuve isn't rushing to work on Dune: Part Two immediately and claims he needs more time to prepare for the sequel.
The Hollywood Reporter asked Villeneuve if fans can expect Dune: Part 2 to begin filming by Spring 2022. Interestingly, the Arrival director says that he will need more time to prepare.
"No, that's too soon. We still have a lot of work to do," Villeneuve said. He then added that a later production start date in 2022 would be more ideal.
"It'd probably be more toward fall, and even that would be fast," Villeneuve said.
It shouldn't be a huge surprise that Villeneuve is taking his time with Part Two. After all, he spent around two years developing the first movie and doesn't want to rush things. Fans will need to accept that the sequel will not be released immediately but it will be well worth the wait.
Dune: Part One adapted the first half of Frank Herbert's book of the same title. It concluded with Paul Atreides and Lady Jessica meeting the Fremen and the former being accepted into the group. The film is currently screening in theaters and on HBO Max.
Dune: Part Two has not yet been given a production start date but is expected to begin filming by late 2022. The sequel is currently scheduled for release in October 2023.