'Dune Part 2': Release Date And What to Expect From Denis Villeneuve's Epic

When Dune ended it was clear that director Denis Villeneuve intended there to be a sequel, given the story ends on a cliffhanger.

Dune Part 1 adapts roughly half of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel, and it ends as Paul Atreides (played Timothée Chalamet) joining the Fremen with his mother Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), after the Harkonnen's annihilated his family and their people.

Paul is coming into his powers and is determined to work with the Fremen, so where will the story take him next and when will Dune Part 2 be out?

Newsweek has compiled everything you need to know about the sequel.

When will Dune Part 2 come out?

When Villeneuve first decided to direct Dune he chose to tell the story over two films and chose not to film both at the same time, like Peter Jackson did with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for example.

In an interview with Newsweek, the director explained that while the original plan was to film them back-to-back it was a decision that was ultimately overturned because it was deemed "too expensive."

But, given the complexity and dense nature of Herbert's novel, it was something that Villeneuve ultimately felt was a good choice, because it meant he could take a breather from the massive production.

On Tuesday, October 26, Legendary and Warner Brothers confirmed that they had greenlit a sequel to Dune Part 1, and revealed the news on Twitter.

In a tweet, Legendary wrote: "This is only the beginning... 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!"

The film currently has a theatrical window for October 20, 2023, and it is unclear when shooting may begin on the sequel.

What to expect from Dune Part 2

The second half of Herbert's novel is focused on Paul's journey to becoming the messiah-like savior of the Fremen and how he leads them in the fight against the Harkonnens.

During his time in their Sietch, which spans a total of two years, Paul learns how to channel his powers and also becomes romantically involved with Chani (played by Zendaya).

His mother, meanwhile, teaches the Fremen how to fight in the "weirding way" and becomes a Reverend Mother, during her ascension she inadvertently gives her unborn daughter the same powers she gains.

It will also focus on the Lisan al Gaib and Kwisatz Haderach prophecies and how they relate to Paul, as well as the implications this will have on the universe as a whole.

Dune Part 1 is available to watch in theaters and on HBO Max now.

Dune Part Two
Denis Villeneuve's epic blockbuster adaptation of Frank Herbert's "Dune" has been greenlit for Part Two. Warner Bros