Denis Villeneuve hopes to return to make a third and final Dune movie, this time based on the Dune Messiah novel.
The much-anticipated Dune arrived to commercial and critical success in 2021, with plans for a second film already confirmed before its release.
It told the story of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) whose family, the House Atreides, are thrust into a war for the deadly and inhospitable desert planet Arrakis.
Dune: Part One included the plot of around half of the epic novel written by Frank Herbert, while Part Two will focus on the second half. Frank Herbert continued the series with Messiah, and the assumption is that Villeneuve and the relevant cast will return for Part Three.
"If I succeed in making a trilogy, that would be the dream," the acclaimed director told Empire.
"Dune Messiah was written in reaction to the fact that people perceived Paul Atreides as a hero, which is not what wanted to do. My adaptation is closer to his idea that it’s actually a warning."
When asked about the prospect of a third movie being made, Villeneuve responded: "There are words on paper".
Dune: Part Two
The first movie featured an ensemble cast that included Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.
That already-impressive cast list has gotten even stronger for the sequel, with Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, Ley Seydoux and Austin Butler just a few of the new names along for the ride.
The official premise reads:
'This follow-up film will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavours to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.'