A sequel to “Dune” has officially been given the green light.
After storming to the top of the box office this weekend with a $40 million opening, Legendary Entertainment confirmed fans will get to see what happens to Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in “Dune: Part 2,” reported Variety.
“This is only the beginning…,” the company tweeted on Tuesday. “Thank you to those who have experienced @dunemovie so far, and those who are going in the days and weeks ahead. We're excited to continue the journey!”
While the sci-fi epic has yet to begin filming, the highly-anticipated continuation is set to hit theaters on October 20, 2023.
Although producers waited to see how “Dune” performed, the film’s director, Denis Villeneuve, had previously expressed his desire for fans to see his entire vision, which is based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, after the project was divided into two parts.
“I wanted at the beginning to do the two parts simultaneously,” Villeneuve told Variety last month. “For several reasons, it didn’t happen, and I agreed to the challenge of making part one and then wait to see if the movie rings enough enthusiasm… As I was doing the first part, I really put all my passion into it, in case it would be the only one. But I’m optimistic.”
While “Dune: Part 1” featured Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, and Javier Bardem, many characters have yet to be introduced for the sequel. Additional casting for the sequel has yet to be announced.
Since its release, “Dune” has earned more than $220 million at the global box office.
In addition to movie theaters, fans can watch it on HBO Max until November 21.
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